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A useful companion to human life,
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This review is from: The Good Book: A Secular Bible (Hardcover)
I was dubious at first, about reading what I thought would be a collection of Dali Lahma type ponderings but I should have known better with Mr Grayling; he has delivered a refreshing reminder of the wisdom and phylosophy which humanity has brought to itself and continues to bring through the ages of our existence. It is based on the reality of shared experiences and impirical knowledge, as opposed to the Biblical dictatorship of the religious tomes. It is ideal to dip in and out of rather than read straight through and I particularly find the chapter on Consolation both moving and thought provoking, as death is an inevitability which touches us all and is not easy to justify or cope with, without being tempted into Religious or "wish thinking".
I think this book will be a useful companion to human life based on the very real experiences and thoughts of those who have become almost legendary in their articulation and gives methods to deal with issues which face us on a daily basis. These are words from people we know existed and who do not claim divine rights or supernatural privilages.
These things we really can aspire to without the need of threats from or grovelling to, tyrannical, imaginary gods.