Loneliness and Revelation

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  • Copyright: 2010-11-16
  • Publisher: Natl Book Network
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Everyone experiences loneliness in their lives. Yet most people are secretly afraid of it, and will do nearly anything to avoid it. Few are willing to talk about it at all. This book shows that loneliness is not simply a social phenomenon, nor a medical condition. Rather, it is an existential condition of life. So you can?t turn to other people, or true love, for a solution. Nor can you turn to God, for God is probably lonelier than you are! But loneliness is not evil. Indeed it can be a source of profound spiritual insight. Great religious heroes like Moses, Jesus, Buddha, and Mohammad made their most important spiritual revelations in solitude. This book offers a new understanding of the idea of Revelation, as a way of being in the world which gives spiritual significance to the arts, human relationships, love, and indeed to loneliness itself. It has four simple but far-reaching principles: I am here; this is what I am; and what I am is beautiful! Is anyone else out there?

Author Biography

Brendan Myers, Ph.D, is the author of several respected books in philosophy, mythology, ethics, and culture. He lives in Ontario, Canada.

Table of Contents

Preface, Acknowledgement, and Dedicationp. 1
The Cairnp. 5
The Problemp. 8
The Night Watchp. 13
The Cityp. 16
The Individualp. 19
The Man on the Busp. 23
A Clarificationp. 25
The Waterfrontp. 28
The Distant Shorep. 31
The Lover's Dilemmap. 33
The Solitude of Godp. 37
The Wisdom of Lucretiusp. 41
The Great Silencep. 43
The Towersp. 49
The Concertp. 52
The Ripples on the Waterp. 54
"I am Here!"p. 57
A Digressionp. 65
"This is Who I Am!"p. 70
The Invocationp. 72
The Way That Can Be Spokenp. 76
"And What I Am Is Beautiful!"p. 79
Another Digressionp. 83
The Willp. 86
The First of All Moral Judgmentsp. 89
The Examined Lifep. 93
The Terroristp. 95
The Personal Taskp. 99
The Social Taskp. 101
The Green Manp. 103
The Parasitep. 108
The Razor's Edgep. 110
The Mistp. 112
The Visionp. 113
The Messagep. 118
"Is Anyone Else Out There?"p. 120
The Musicianp. 123
The Camp Firep. 127
The Harbourp. 130
The Lovers' Gazep. 135
The Festivalp. 143
The Artistp. 149
The Beautiful and the Goodp. 153
The Oceanp. 159
The Turning of the Wheelp. 161
Bibliographyp. 164
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