Book Review: The Economy of Bliss – Core Values by Stan Lee Ngole

March 25, 2019

The Economy of Bliss is a very tidy look at poverty and misery, which emphasizes the mostly synthetic
nature of poverty, accusing widespread ignorance of the true nature of value to be responsible for the
sorry plight of the world, as it has for long been popularly misconstrued, courtesy of the capitalist
system. The work highlights some generally ignored and passively underestimated dangers of
socioeconomic inequality, which threaten overall social stability worldwide. It uses clear and practical
examples to show how the global economic system and prevailing popular culture are leading the world
headlong into self-destruction.
It begins by using neuroscience in a comprehensive manner, to show how worldviews are formed,
explaining how we got to where we are today through the evolution of collective thinking patterns. It
then proceeds to show how the dangerous path we’re threading can be changed using simple practices
carried out in large scales, to alter the thoughts and actions of people, making them more sustainable.
The work then theoretically the underlying dual principles of Causality and Dynamic Equilibrium, which,
the author argues, are responsible for all evolution and balance in nature.
The book praises qualities and practices such as free giving, gratitude, subsistence, social enterprise and
faith over the traditional capitalistic greed and materialism, individualism as well as unproductiveness
under the illusory canopy of unemployment, which itself is a creation of the system we enforce. He also
integrates in it his experiences as a personal development coach and otherwise, in an effort to depict
the value of helping people and the massive potential it carries in terms of Shared Value creation – his
proposed solution to the sorry plight of the masses.

Cameroon Achievers: Who is Stanlee Ngole?

Ngole Ediage Stanley (writer pseudo “Stanlee Ngole”) is a social and business entrepreneur and a
personal development and leadership coach. A deeply humanitarian spirit, he is the founder of the Tenpercent Africa Organization, a grassroots nonprofit movement aimed at engaging people massively
into community building, and also helping companies to be more socially responsible.
He attended the University of Buea from where he obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Economics. He began
business as early as his third year in the university, operating the KOKOBAR Pub, one of the most
popular restaurants in town at the time. He got involved in showbusiness and event production while at
KOKOBAR, pioneering with his friends the nationally acclaimed 237 Industry Nite show, which, at the
time, was a prized showcasing platform which provided exposure for most of the music stars we know in
the country today.
Shortly before KOKOBAR’s activities were put to an end by the advent of political crisis in the North
West and South West Regions, he became a shareholder in Bonga Juice Company, for which he moved
to Douala and worked from 2015-2018 as Deputy General Manager. He later on quit the budding
franchising company to focus on growing his helping career. Today, apart from his work with the
Tenpercent Africa Organization which he founded, he works independently as a personal development
and corporate coach, helping people and companies achieve their personal and business goals
respectively. He however envisages furthering his studies in the near future.

Cameroon Achievers: What was the motivation behind this Beautiful work of yours?

I have always been deeply concerned about the suffering and hardship in the world, so much that I
began philosophizing and questioning the system in which we live at a very tender age. This deep-seated
dissatisfaction in the system is even reflected in certain aspects of my lifestyle, for example in my refusal
to opt for the security of a civil service job despite the obvious comparative advantage I happened to
dispose of at the time. The doubts I held in my heart made me do a lot of personal empirical and
theoretical research, a summary of which I hoped to one day document in a book. Thus, The Economy of
Bliss: Core Values contains my mind in this respect; a document which exposes some of the major
humanitarian flaws in the system, and the dangers these represent for humanity as a whole. The book
however proposes a way forward, in the form of simple practices which can be carried out by anyone at
any level, and yield massive impact through collective collaboration in Shared Value systems. It is my
wish that as many people as possible read this book in order to implement on a massive scale the simple solutions described therein.

 

The Book is available on www.amazon.com . Hard copies will soon hit the Cameroonian market.