Enjoy Yourself: It's Later Than You Think follows author Michael Levy's Minds of Blue, Souls of Gold and What Is the Point? with a grandiose premise: "if you start to change the way you think, you will increase your life span and enjoy the remainder of your physical form here on this wonderful
earth." But what kinds of thinking? What should we start thinking about, and with
what changes in mind? What kinds of things, activities, and qualities should we enjoy,
love and appreciate?
This outrageous book attempts to answer these unanswerable
questions by using the KISS method, that is, keep answers simple, short, ambiguous, metaphorical, and incapable of being proven false. The reader is asked to suspend
judgement without anxiety-provoking questions and alternative explanations to accept
the author's utopian, naturalistic views of God, cosmos, man, Soul, nature, health
("most sickness is manifested from negative minds." p. 90), Spirit, Ego, intelligence,
motivation, society, religion and Earth's mission in the universe. Levy asserts, "The
mistake all religions make is viewing God in human terms." (p. 81) versus Blue wave
force fields, invisible wind power, bubbles, light, a blade of grass, a tree, and more
Enjoy Yourself: It's Later Than You Think exhorts us to denounce all forms of materialism, rules and regulations,
conformity, anxiety, anger, panic, negativity, and so on, unless, of course, in each
and every instance they bring us joy or some manifestation of divine bliss. How
high is the standard for joy? The author views crying as "an expression of self-pity."
(p.103) since it is based on how we view the situation we are crying about, rather
than crying for joy or recovering from separated or lost loves.
How do we do start towards this form of personal simplification (e.g., experiencing only either categorically positive or negative sensations), spiritual purification, fantasy fulfillment, and counter-cultural disengagement for a more marginal, cult-like compliance to the here-and-now moment?
One can repeat the book's prescriptions, especially the italicized statements and rhymes
scattered within, and read the 20 proverbs concluding the work. One can meditate
for one hour a day, try to relinquish physical attachments and reference points, then enter what Levy calls "babyhood" with the Spirit or Soul's energy as one's guide. Of course, in the real world
one should stay away from negative people as a stereotypical form of support. Joyless, devil-guided people will reject this spiritualistic perspective and its related mumbo jumbo. Levy doesn't consider joyful, devil-minded people, or the fact that if most of the folks he's writing
for do not have a sufficient amount of joy in their lives, logically they should
reject this perspective, at least in this section of the book.
The reader becomes quickly snared in a quagmire of contradictory truisms, metaphorical statements (e.g., grab ego by the scruff of the neck) and even more difficult questions.
Who is responsible for making these enjoyable changes any way if change is claimed to
be inevitable (God, man's sensations, nature, Soul)? Finally, cultural values and human
qualities for patience, practice, perseverance, achievement, learning, and success are
introduced, paradoxically it seems, as aids for maintaining a jolly outlook while playing
golf, buying stocks, gambling, and any effort to achieve a life of joy and happiness.