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Practical Guidance for the Iron Age

The Laws of Steel is the newest installment of Ryuho Okawa’sLaws” series of books, which are released annually and explore a different aspect of human existence in each volume. In contrast to The Laws of Bronze, released in 2019, which primarily explored the aspects of consciousness pertaining to compassion, self-sacrifice and altruism, The Laws of Steel the themes of personal development, success and humility.

The Laws of Steel

"Steel" refers to the true strength and resilience of our souls as children of God. Okawa advocates the importance of adopting a mindset that invites prosperity, and teaches that happiness and success are inherent in all of us: we must simply change our mindset to actualize it.

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Throughout the first segment of the book, Okawa explores self-development techniques and considers the manner in which we may set higher standards for ourselves, in part by choosing an unconventional approach to success. He explores certain concepts made famous by Dale Carnegie, and elaborates upon them in a manner that I personally found life changing. Have you ever been unduly criticized? Just remember that nobody beats a dead dog, and that people will only criticize those whom they are intimidated by and believe can handle that criticism.

Okawa goes on to explore the law of cause and effect, providing insight into his own path of success in such a way that any can benefit from it. Okawa speaks from experience, and only describes that which has been tested with success. He likewise explores some of Shakyamuni Buddha’s teachings about cause and effect, and examines, for example, the life of Shakyamuni Buddha as a success story of starting from zero and attaining the ultimate enlightenment. An important point of emphasis explored is that success is not made in a single leap, but by consistent effort and determination. Considering the extraordinary success that Okawa has achieved throughout his life, I for one am prone to consider what he has to say about it.

Toward the middle of the book, the subject-matter takes a turn toward the political and begins with a critical analysis of socio-economic matters in Japan and the continuing incorporation of artificial intelligence in the job force. Okawa seems confident that there are many jobs that AI cannot perform efficiently when compared with humans, but also considers the reasons that many companies are presently pursuing AI as a replacement for human workers. Okawa’s stance on work is that it forms a central basis of human function and allows us to contribute something to the world at large.

The socio-political commentary continues with a critique of North Korea, which he perceives as a considerably dangerous threat to the world, and discusses ideal outcomes that may arise from meetings between the US and DPRK. Further exploration is made concerning human rights violations that have been committed by China against certain oppressed regions, including South Mongolia, Xinjiang, and Tibet, and he expresses hope for greater democracy and freedom to develop within China. Okawa furthermore expresses criticism of Donald Trump’s Iranian policies, but likewise expresses a hope that the Trump Administration can accomplish positive conditions for the world.

The final segment of the book explores spirituality and faith in the context of one’s purpose and mission in the world. Themes of humility and the power of making miracles happen in one’s life are likewise elaborated upon. The context of Happy Science, the movement of which Okawa is the CEO, is also examined as it pertains to the betterment of the world. Okawa always manages to voice these matters in a practical and approachable manner, indicating that everything he speaks of is possible for any of us, and his positive approach to life can be of distinctive inspiration.

If all of this seems like a broad amount of material to cover in one book, know that this review only touches the tip of the iceberg. The Laws of Steel covers a truly impressive spectrum of material that, though seemingly separate at first, is all exposed as intertwined. Reading Ryuho Okawa is with the consequence of having your neurological organizational framework rearranged, whereby regions of the brain previously disconnected are suddenly working collaboratively. This brings about new insights, new thoughts, new strategies and new actions, and is something that shouldn’t be missed.