The Power of Freedom
by Denis Letendre

"So when the mind is given two options, one at odds with emotion and one at odds with logic, the resulting tension is energy; it intensifies the thinking process."

Having grown up during the sixties, Letendre knows a thing or two about freedom and power. As a self-proclaimed "ex-hippie," Letendre writes honestly about his experiences with drugs, alcohol, and sex and how each of these affected his behavior as a young man. Later in life, "sex, drugs, and rock and roll" has taken on a much different meaning to the author than in his earlier years. In this part self-help, part spiritual book, Letendre aims to communicate how reality and self-created realities differ in an altered state of mind. He discusses the ways in which logical behavior and illogical behavior can change the future of humans. By taking a deep dive into the idea of freedom and what freedom means, the author argues that the real power of freedom is an energy that one can harness and choose to incorporate into daily living.

Writing from his own experience, the author invites the reader into his journey of spiritual awakening and self-awareness. He reflects on his younger days when he experimented with drugs and alcohol with compassion, offering his readers the same. Letendre also candidly discusses sexual addiction and writes about how his drug and alcohol use affected his relationships with women. When he eventually turns away from using substances for pleasure, the author experiences a realization that women are separate but equal. His frankness in this topic is refreshing and may particularly interest his male readers.

Letendre argues that cigarette and alcohol use are two of the worst forms of substance abuse. He discusses openly how and why he finally decided to stop using mind-altering drugs and how his decisions to change his behavior were based on logic instead of emotion. Later in life, the author realized that familiar social norms like marriage, sexual restrictions, and even war looked ridiculous when under the influence of alcohol and drugs. Letendre is careful not to preach or judge and reassures his readers that failure is a part of the process. The author has a palpable empathy for others who might find themselves at a similar crossroads in their lives. He is sure to pique his reader's interest by discussing how the nation as a whole can begin to change when individuals recognize the past failures of corporate institutions and ancient educational systems.

Overall, Letendre passionately argues that in order to maintain a healthy lifestyle and experience the power of freedom, one must reject damaging and harmful behaviors. One must find a balance between emotion, logic, and spirit. Everyone has the choice to experience the power of freedom, Letendre declares. In order to do so, one must acknowledge that the world is changing, and the individual must be prepared to change from within to withstand future challenges. People must stop pursuing quick highs and simple pleasures and instead become aware of their true powers. The author suggests that people consider blocking corporations and advertising industries that lure them into a false sense of security. The imagination is limitless, but it is easily stymied by street and pharmaceutical drugs and alcohol. Recognizing the motivations behind the drug and advertising industries is a required step to finding the power of freedom. The author has written a thoughtful and thought-provoking book on the human condition and the true meaning behind the power of freedom.

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