God, Money and Wisdom

Overview

Ultimately the only eyes we see the world from are our own; granting license to anyone ot anything else to distort your vision is a terrible disservice to ones self. Too often though, that's exactly what we do. How many of your own views are really your own? Can you explain why you have the prejudices you do, or why some things inexplicably invoke anger, or fear, or shame in you?

god, money & wisdom is my own way of saying I don't think we should be satisfied with life and ...

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Overview

Ultimately the only eyes we see the world from are our own; granting license to anyone ot anything else to distort your vision is a terrible disservice to ones self. Too often though, that's exactly what we do. How many of your own views are really your own? Can you explain why you have the prejudices you do, or why some things inexplicably invoke anger, or fear, or shame in you?

god, money & wisdom is my own way of saying I don't think we should be satisfied with life and the world as they've been explained to us. We mustn't let ourselves be pigeon holed into buying versions of reality as people and groups with highly suspect credentials of authenticity put them to us.

All the stories are fictional. There is no more truth in these pages than you'll find anyplace other than in your own heart. If you've been looking for the answers to your life's question someplace else, then just give up because you are destined to fail. The only thing anyone else can offer you is some ideas that may amuse, anger or provoke you to re-visit some of you own perceptions.

my confession is just as it sounds. An attempt to look back with an objective eye on the path my life has taken so far, and fairly review the good and bad of who and what I am. Forgive the first person narrative as an amateurish first effort at putting pen to paper. Some time you can by me a drink and I'll happily listen to your life story as retribution for making you read mine.

the 2nd greatest story ever told is a work of fiction detailing another perspective on the story of Jesus. A polytheist myself (read as: I believe there are an infinite number of equally valid paths allleading to one god), I elected to use the Christian faith as the backdrop of 2nd greatest. I did this not to attack popular Christian dogma, but because the content is widely recognizable in North America; I could just have easily picked the tales of Mohammed, Moses or Buddha. I suspect the story for one reason or another will offend some readers. I would just ask you to remember it is a work of fiction and not a thesis.

Many people throughout my life have told me I should run for political office one day (fat chance, I have no stomach for bureaucracy). lights, camera, reaction is my own fantastical accounting of hust how I might approach garnering a life in politics should the world ever reach a point where a mans words and intent are enough to judge him by. A fantasy of what my beloved Canada could one day be,lights was envisioned in my own mind as a short screenplay; think MTV meets West Wing. The capitalization of 'We' through out is intended. Interpret as you like.

gods at play, I will tell you plainly, has to do the massive conflict that the eastern and western worlds are currently locked in; you may recognize a couple of the children in the story. As a pacifist and genuine fan of every person I have ever met, it rips my heart in two whenever I think about the senseless hatred and violence that our planet finds its self embroiled in. This story, (think Henry Fonda starring in an after school special), is meant as a quiet, simple plea at a time when the rhetoric of war and hatred is being used as a tool of political and religious conquest.

I mentioned I was a pacifist but that is not strictly true; I aggressively oppose all forms of bullying. Though bullies are all cowards at heart some are more difficult to handle than others because the oppression they bring to bear isn't physical, it's social. Bullying also finds it self routinely practiced in the development and application of political, and economic policy. Society justifies that sort of decision-making by saying it's for 'the greater good'.

I guess how you feel about the greater good depends on if you're included in it.

Take a good look at your own kids and know that, right now, a bully in a suit is deciding what the value of their life is in order to justify some policy decision. Maybe one day your kid is going to be one of those sacrificed for 'the greater good'.

What does that do to your perception?

I hope it makes you angry and scared enough to stand up and start shouting until the day you can look out your window and see the world you truly want for your children. I promise to stand right there beside you.

I thank you for picking up my little book and wish you happiness. May your god bless you.

Peace,

L.J.

About the Author

L.J. Valentine is the pen name of a 35-year-old male author, based from Toronto, Canada. god, money & wisdom is his first publication.

Originally from Windsor, Ontario, Canada, L.J. is a former management consultant to the communications industry who chucked it all to pursue the dream of being a writer.

His next project, a novel, is now under development.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781553955306
  • Publisher: Trafford Publishing
  • Publication date: 2/5/2003
  • Pages: 110

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