Out of Season, Unpopular Reflections

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AuthorHouse, May 16, 2005 - Reference - 324 pages
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The book addresses the finitude and meaninglessness of life in an ever rapidly technologically changing world through the eyes of existential nihilism. The book explores the subjective realm of life struggles in which the vast majority fail to develop an existential relation with themselves, the world, or universe, devolving to an insignificant abstract mean of a psychologically sick conditioned society where one is reduced to a mere object among objects. Many have forgotten how to live life. Existence is a consciousness of unhappiness. Culturally indoctrinated perceptions may haunt the present, but they need not dominate it. The book’s first essay is an in depth reflection on the question of suicide. In the sometimes dark labyrinth of life depression, the author lights a life affirming path leading to an unlimited freedom to change, conquer life, find oneself, and dare to be oneself, which is a recurring theme in a few of the essays. Another essay addresses the cold hard facts of death and what occurs at death. Another essay exposes the historical evil that religion has inflicted upon the human condition. Humanity appears to be evolving into a global techno-sapiens where population shifts of legal and non legal immigration as well as future war will be determined by the scarcity of inorganic and organic materials. Nietzsche was right about war, “it cannot be negated, one either lives it or dies in it”. Class hierarchies throughout the world will become more pronounced with class blending reduced to history. Educational methodology and disparities as well as antiquated culturally indoctrinated religious values imposed upon a new generation of children as absolute truths before children reach the age to reason and to judge rationally for themselves, only ferments a blind hatred based ignorance that will result in a clash of civilizations, which destines the 21st Century to become the Century of terrorism and history will have its second hundred years war.  Although absurdity can only exist in the realm of subjective thought, how shall you choose to live your life in a world of absurd contradiction?



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About the author (2005)

The author obtained his Bachelor of Science and Masters Degree from California State University at Long Beach and is one of those that decided to swim with the tide, in the ocean of lies, pretending life is good, and ignoring all the undercurrent cries that America, the world, and the human condition ought be a much better than what is. The author is a product of the counter culture sixties where the mixture of Dionysus hedonism and an existential Platonic idealism set loose a generation determined to “ break on through to the other side” by making real changes to an American value system froth with class inequalities and absurd contradictions that continue to thrive today in the imperfection of our man made world. In the end, the vast majority of the counter culture sixties succumbed to the cultural black hole of society and were sucked away to end their days as middle and upper middle class materialist drones, rearing children as their parents before them, and now enslaved to the master, and shackled to the value system they once desired to destroy. We voluntarily became enslaved to our own freedom, what a horrid thought. Like Voltaire, the very few that refused quickly learned “there is an extremely high price to be paid if you are right, those possessing power in government are wrong”. The author bears no guilt, for guilt, in the end, is a false bad conscience. The book is nothing more than reflections of an author that finally realized he had become Camus’s “Sisyphus” giving meaning to what is truly meaningless and committing the worst sin of the human condition, forgetting how to truly live life, a perpetual unlimited freedom only to be negated in death. While a student at California State University at Long Beach, the author was greatly influenced by the writings of Friedrich Nietzsche, Max Weber, Albert Camus, Jean Paul Sarte, and many other brilliant minds. The author resides in the pristine beauty of Priest Lake, Idaho.


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