Why are we here? Well, I know why I’m here. I’m writing this review and I reasonably know why you are here, you are reading my review and the other excellent articles here at BNN. But are we really doing these things? Why are we doing these things? The answers to these questions are endless. In this book, Ronnie Lee attempts to bring clarity and understanding to our way of being, whatever that is. As a reader of great poems and prose, I did not find it difficult to read but the common reader might take a few chapters to get used to the sing-song prose lines he employs to explain this vast subject. I can say that he does provide new and exciting ideas. Reading this book is like climbing a great mountain to a sage and having a 1,000 page sit down with said sage.

Ronnie (Ka Ching) Lee is the author of several other books such as “The Book of Life” and “The Meaning of Life.” He has studied in the UK but currently lives in Hong Kong. His own philosophy for living is to “…see the justice, meaning, and wisdom that are at the core of each of my experiences in this world, sharing my observations with others through my unique poetic words and images.” The author hopes to bring clarity and unity to the values and beliefs so that we can all see the truth in our existence.

Noble goals from a good man, partly achieved by this book, but can such goals ever be achieved? Its nice to think that we can all come together to find a spiritual truth but if we cannot get six people to agree on where to go to lunch is it possible to get 6 billion people to agree on a spiritual truth? I would say not. Even the world’s largest organized religions, Catholicism, Islam, and Anglicanism (in that order) only encompass about half the world’s population the other half is either not affiliated or is buddhist, taoist, ancestor worship, or something else entirely. However, one man is trying through the power of the written word to bring everyone together to one spiritual truth.

Personally, I think (and this is entirely conjecture but others do agree with me) that spirituality is a very personal thing. Whatever path we find, all religions share (with the notable exception of taoism) the desire to get back the beginning, where we originated from. Some people call it the source, some people other things, but we all want to get back to it. The chief way this is done is through Divinity or the divine. Mr. Lee covers this extensively in his book, but I think he only attacks the subject from one angle and that is through the concept of “god.” He defines God as “…pure goodness at his best and the love, power, and spirit…” I think we would all agree that that is one definition of “god” or the concept of the divine. In this way his book is so limited. The divine can be (I believe anyway) anything that gives us a path back to that source that we desire.

Either way this argument can go on for pages and I will not bore the reader any further. The Philosophy of Life: God, Wisdom and the World Psyche is published by Outskirts Press and is available on Amazon and fine retailers everywhere.


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