A Layman's Guide to the Meaning of Life and Death; A Common-sense, No-nonsense Approach

by John M W Smith

Publisher: John M W Smith

Publication Date: October 20, 2015

ISBN: 9781311360052

Binding: Kobo eBook

Availability: eBook

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I wrote this book out of a sense of frustration. None of my questions were being answered by the books I read. On the occasions when I stayed the course (even though my frustration mounted with every page) hoping that the reward for my perseverance would be a supreme moment of epiphany, I was invariably disappointed. But then I realised I wasn't being fair. These books were providing me with information, theories, esoteric data, ancient philosophical musings, dry and dusty logic. Loads of it. What they were not doing was drawing any definite conclusions because they seemed reluctant to commit themselves. Why, I don't know---maybe their publishers wouldn't allow it for financial or political reasons. After all, this is only to be expected when you have more than one interest involved in any project.

And so I said to myself, well, all it takes is for one person to listen carefully to all of what these books are saying and then to form his own conclusions. Because people's lives are busy. They work long hours and need their rest and relaxation. They don't have the time to sit down and try to make sense of all the information thrown at them about the meaning of life. The now. The hereafter. The why. The religious take on it all.

So I decided to take on the task. Because why should I be afraid to voice my conclusions if deep down I know I am only trying to be honest. Completely honest. And if anyone should take issue, for whatever reason, why, let them. They, too, are entitled to their opinions. All I will know is that I would have done my best!

And yes, so I decided to write my own book. My own, completely personal conclusions on life and death. What makes sense to me.

The writing of this book has given me tremendous peace . It is tempting to say that it will do the same for you, but that wouldn't be honest. The truth is, I don't know what it will do for you. I cannot know this until I know you.