Brackets addresses a number of perplexing existential issues. These include questions surrounding patriotism and citizenship, the possibility of nuclear catastrophe and attempts to understand the self and our shared existence. In the end, and not surprisingly, there appears to be many more questions than answers. In some inexplicable way however, some questions are themselves clearly suggestive of the very answers they seek. The relationship between our questions and answers is as direct as the relationship between our choices and their consequences. We may deny but cannot avoid the inescapability of choice and consequence. These are the brackets within which we all live our lives. We are presented with innumerable choices. These choices and their inevitable, attending consequences create numerous, often obscure, alternative personal futures for all of us. Absent choice and consequence, we become robots with no will of our own. On this basis, good and evil, morality, law, justice and salvation, without exception, become at best moot and at worst invalid.
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About the Author
Owen Everard James is the author of Jamaican by Birth American by Choice. He is a graduate of the Mico Teachers' College (now the Mico University College) in Jamaica, an honors graduate of Howard University in the United States, and a diplomate of the Institute for Advanced Technical and Vocational Training in Italy. Mr. James has lived and worked in the Caribbean, Canada, the United States and East and Southern Africa. He is retired and resides in Florida.