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"The Nude Ethicist: A Simple Path to The Good Life" - Book Review

April 15, 2004 - For Immediate Press Release

No: 05-PB-04 Contact: Planned Television Arts
Bruce Weinstein 212-715-1647


“ The Nude Ethicist: A Simple Path to The Good Life” ™
Discovering The Inner Bottom Line ™

Whether you’re a CEO or a grandmother, every moment
of your life is filled with choices. It is the choices you make and
what you do with them that determine the value of your life.

It’s a tough world. How can we take back control and live a good life?

Insider Trading. Terrorism. Hate crimes. Wardrobe malfunctions. Embezzlement. Greed. Lies. Cheating. Hazing. Drugs. Security leaks. Porn. Unemployment. Serial snipers. Aids. Deficits. Infidelity. Bribes. War. Hanging chads. Fraud. Pollution. Olive explains, “Every person has a breakpoint, no matter how big or small the problem. For each of us, it’s different. But when the line, The Inner Bottom Line, upon which our unique set of values and ethics reside, is eroded or compromised, we can be sent over the edge. Then we must change something, no matter what the price.”

  • So how do we do it? How do we remove abuse from our lives, figure out what we need, what matters most, what we will and won’t tolerate, and where the line gets drawn?

Is it possible? Can we eradicate killer stress and take back control of our lives when there are so few examples of honesty, integrity, respect, appropriate boundaries, fairness, character, morality and plain old courtesy to emulate and admire? What do we teach our children so they choose a life of integrity? What do we tell ourselves when hope falters and optimism fades?

Olive Gallagher has a knack for stating things in simple terms that clarify the most complicated dilemmas:

  • We lie best to ourselves.
  • Honesty is not the same as truth.
  • If you haven’t taken a personal inventory lately, you’re not Playing with a Full Deck.™
  • Being faithful because you choose to, rather than because you have to, changes the whole concept of fidelity.
  • Abuse of any kind is not allowed on The Inner Bottom Line. The moment you feel uncomfortable, you can be certain that somewhere, someone or something has just crossed one of your boundaries without your permission.
  • We all start out with the same four core ethical values. It is our choices that make the difference.
  • Power, control, fear and intention color everything we do and say.
  • Responsible Power™ means being accountable for the impact our actions and words have on the world.

“The Nude Ethicist: A Simple Path to The Good Life” by Olive Gallagher offers the reader an accessible and universal approach to discovering and creating a better, more manageable good life. Based on simple premises and Responsible Power, Gallagher takes the dry, often boring, holier-than-thou subject of ethics and illustrates its invaluable presence and application to our everyday problems. With innovative illustrations and worksheets, Olive walks us down a path of accountability that anyone can practice immediately. As Dr. John Gray, PhD., the author of "Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus," states in his glowing endorsement of the book: “Olive Gallagher, in a warm, humorous and conversational manner, helps us to discover our own values to effectively face life’s endless challenges.”

Olive Gallagher, syndicated columnist of “The Inner Bottom Line,”™ is a pioneer in ethics and personal accountability. She was the creator, producer and host of one of America’s first television series on ethics and for nearly twenty years has shared her expertise on Responsible Power™ and personal choices as a speaker and media guest with thousands of audiences and viewers. She has brought the same warm, humorous and refreshing approach to this book.

  • There’s no such thing as finding ‘happiness.’ Life is all about ‘it doesn’t get any better than this’ moments.

“ Every moment of our lives,” Olive reiterates. “It will be our choices that determine the value of our lives. And it will be The Inner Bottom Line that we alone will face as a measure, a tally, of the worth of that life. Even if no one else ever knows what we’ve done, we’ll know. In the end, that’s what will matter.” Olive doesn’t tell people what to do. Or tell them what they want to hear. She tells them the truth and encourages them to do the same. She shows them, with a few simple tools, how to get clear, sort out the issues, consider all of the options, and then make choices that respect and honor their most precious and non-negotiable values. Olive clarifies, “Every situation we get ourselves into, we end up there because of decisions we’re responsible for making. The questions then become: How do I get out of this? And what price am I going to have to pay?”

April 1, 2004
No: 04-PB-04 Contact: Planned Television Arts
Bruce Weinstein 212-715-1647

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