Friday, February 3, 2017

Book Review: The Nature of Existence

WHAT AM I?
Or,
The Nature of Existence by Alasdair Forsythe
is a book exploring the answers related to ones existence, consciousness, happiness, life, enlightenment, and many other related questions.

The book analyses all such issues, reducing each to its fundamental experiences.
Like, 'Existence exists only by comparison
One knows white
Only by black;
One knows love
Only by heartbreak;
One knows truth
Only by untruth;' etc.

Or, 'Where does knowledge come from?
Our experiences only exist
In comparison to,
And in contrast with,
All of our previous experience;'
etc.

Or, 'You do not need to worry
About anything,
The worry does not make it
Happen any better;
Worrying, trying, struggling
All do nothing
Except make you
More lost;'
etc.
Or, esoteric questions, like 'Do we have free will?'

Rather than directly providing answers, I found this book opening up new vistas of thought, especially on the abstract topics, a handy way of chiselling ones thoughts. Especially for those who find greater attraction to questions rather than answers, this in an invaluable companion. And, as the author puts at the end:
'This is the point
Where I tell you
That in order to know truth
You will need to find it
On your own.'

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