Contrapoint Publishing was founded in 2011 to bring to press books that offer an alternative perspective to mainstream publications in philosophy, psychology, and social politics. Contrapoint's first publication is Dear America: Who's Driving the Bus? by Linda Goudsmit.
About Linda Goudsmit
Linda Goudsmit is a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother. She and her husband owned and operated a girls' clothing store in Michigan for forty years and are now happily retired. Linda graduated from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, earning a B.A. in English literature. Having a lifelong commitment to learning, she is an avid reader and observer of life. It is with pride and humility that she is sharing her thoughts, observations, and philosophy of behavior in Dear America.
About Dear America: Who's Driving the Bus?
Presented in Dear America is a straightforward philosophy of behavior that offers a useful paradigm to help us all live our lives as more rational and responsible adults. The book is a reminder that we are each individually the sum of our parts and that we are collectively a society that interacts with each of those parts.
To understand a group one must study the individuals who form that group. Society is composed of individuals whose psychological development determines the nature and quality of life in that society. Understanding psychological development within a society requires looking at individual patterns of behavior established in childhood that are reenacted in adulthood. The family remains the organizing principle through which early childhood learning takes place, and imitation remains the fundamental system for transferring information and forming behavior patterns in childhood. The philosophy of behavior as presented in Dear America is neither male nor female; it is simply human.
The question “Who’s driving the bus?” seeks to identify which part of us is making our decisions at any given moment. The answer to that question determines the quality of life in our society. The paradigm shows us how we can change the bus driver to a more rational and developed part of ourselves, thereby improving life in our society.