Interview with non-fiction writer Chet Shupe

Today’s guest is writer Chet Shupe as he tours his book, Eden, Regaining Our Spiritual Freedom.
Chet Shupe’s professional background
is in Electronics Engineering. As a young engineer never did he imagine he
would someday be developing a thesis that addresses a broad spectrum of
sociological issues. At some point at mid career however, he was inspired to
apply his background in control theory to the human condition by looking at the
brain as the controller of the life of the species. This has led to an
engineering based, rather than a religious, sociological, psychological, or
philosophically based assessment of the human condition. Out of this has come a
unique perspective addressing the perplexing issues that increasingly face us,
including, among others, our lack of intimacy and habitat destruction. Why is
our world essentially without relational intimacy, when what we want more than
anything is to love and be loved? And why are we destroying the habitat that we
need to survive?
To Shupe, these issues are closely
related, plus myriads of other ills from which our culture suffers. Shupe
offers his answer regarding the source of these concerns, and also suggests a
path by which to recover our natural state of intimacy in our relationships and
of harmony with the natural world.
Welcome, Chet. Please tell
us about your current release.
Eden, Regaining Our Spiritual Freedom is about regaining our natural state
of Eden, where our species was ruled by the human spirit—that is, our
emotional/behavioral nature—instead of by monetary and legal systems.
inspired you to write this book?
As an electronic engineer, I began looking at the life of
our species from the perspective of control theory. I viewed the species as a
complex system, with the brain as it’s controller. It didn’t take much analysis
to realize that trying to control the future by force of instituted law cannot
work. Trying to control the future by authorizing social and material contracts
is like trying to back a long train of two wheeled trailers. And because those
contracts have no termination date, the trains our governments are trying to
back are infinitely long. There are too many interdependent variables, causing
the train to fold up on itself. This demonstrates, from the perspective of
control theory, why all civilizations eventually collapse.
Having realized why all attempts at civil rule eventually
fail, I then focused on why humans made the mistake of trying to unnaturally
control the future in the first place, and what we can do to counter the error.
That led, after many years of work, to my book, Eden—Regaining our Spiritual Freedom.
exciting story are you working on next?
finished with Eden I thought I was through writing for a while. Most authors
agree that writing is as much a learning process as a communication process.
After the years of working on Eden, the learning apparently didn’t stop with
the writing. An idea would pop into my head. I would sit down at the computer
and start developing it, and soon would have an essay that looked at spiritual
from an entirely new and refreshing perspective. So, I don’t have another book
in mind but, based on my experience, I will probably continue to write essays.
It has been suggested that the essays be put into a book. We will wait and see.
The essays
are available at my website,
When did
you first consider yourself a writer?
I have
never considered myself an author. After years of working on Eden, I have
learned a lot about writing. But I write because I feel I have discovered
something, and want to share it, not because I see myself as an author.
Do you
write full-time? If so, what’s your work day like?
  If not, what do you do other than write and
how do you find time to write?
I wrote
full time while writing
Eden. But I
have since written when I feel like it, which means when I have an idea I want
to explore. That usually averages two or three hours a day. I am retired so finding
the time is no issue.
What would
you say is your interesting writing quirk?
I have
none, at least not that I know of. That is a question you should probably ask
my friends.
As a child,
what did you want to be when you grew up?
I grew up
on a farm ranch and I didn’t really think about it much. I chose Electrical
Engineering when going to college because it seemed to fit my interests.
additional you want to share with the readers?
There are two thoughts, actually. As
a result of reading
Eden, I would
like people to realize there is no cause to blame, no matter what has happened
or what the future brings. Since the moment we expelled ourselves from Eden—began
trusting our lives to money and law, instead of one another—we have been laying
blame on one another in order to whitewash our institutions. This attitude so
permeates the post-Eden reality that the major world religions proclaim that
humans are born in sin. But the people who lived in Eden did not see themselves
as sinful, and if we should regain our spiritual freedom by trusting our lives
to the human spirit, instead of to money and law, we won’t see ourselves as
being possessed by sin either—indeed, quite the opposite. We will celebrate the
emotional and material beings that Nature created in us.
One other thought: No matter how
remote or impractical spiritual freedom may seem to us now, there is another way of life available to us
that is sustainable and through which we know one another’s real selves,
instead of the personae we have taken on to survive a world ruled by money and
law. Indeed, it is the way of life that allowed our species to flourish for the
upwards of two-hundred thousand years before we were taken over by money and
law, only a few thousand years ago. To embrace that way of life, however,
requires that we return to our spiritual homes; homes that serve both our material
and our spiritual needs.
Thanks for this interview. I wish
the best to you and your readers.

You’re quite welcome, Chet. Happy touring!

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