Dedication

For anyone who can stand to read my philosophical ramblings, and for anyone and everyone who can take something away from this book; and in doing so improve who they are and become a better person.

Quotes

"He also taught me: 'Let you heart retain my words; keep my commands and live. Get wisdom! Get understanding! Do not forget, or turn away from the words of my mouth. Do not forsake her, and she will preserve you; love her, and she will keep you. Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom. And in all your getting, get understanding. . . .' "

--Proverbs 4 : 4-7 (NKJV)

"What lies before us and what lies behind us are small matters compared to what lies within us."

--Ralph Waldo Emerson

"Better pass boldly into that other world, in the full glory of some passion, than fade and wither dismally with age."

--James Joyce in "The Dead"

Introduction

The main reason I wrote this book was to explore the vast reaches of the human mind, more specifically perfection and its effects on people and their freedoms, thoughts, and decisions. But I also intend to answer two of the toughest questions ever asked: "Why do bad thing happen to good people?" and "Why does God let bad things happen?"

In this story, I attempted to answer both of these questions as well as explore people, their minds, and the endless perseverance of the human spirit.

It is my personal belief that humans are capable of doing anything, for we are given authority over both realms, spiritual and physical. We vastly underestimate our existences as being solely physical, but, as C.S. Lewis described in The Screwtape Letters, humans are amphibians, for, like animals, we exist and have authority over the physical realm, but, like angels, we have spiritual souls, and thus exist in both realms, thus giving us more authority than both angels and animals.

I will try to explain these and many more of my beliefs in this story. Although your beliefs may not be the same as mine, I implore you to consider my thoughts.

With that said, I present to you: The Anthology.