I started reading this book- “The equation of life- As I see it” by Lee Law. He is a layman and he questions some philosophical facts and wants answers about the greater things and why we have this life. And because it is a different type of book, my review will be slightly different from other reviews.
After reading this, I started thinking about the things I never thought of before. It made me think about philosophy as a subject. It sure seems interesting to me but I think I need to read more to understand it better.
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The Equation of Life- As I see it, is a layman’s view on the potential Philosophy to help us traverse the path of life’s journey with peace and contribute to the evolution of the society towards destiny desired by every struggling individual on the planet.
The book tries to motivate and encourage every individual present on earth to live a more responsible life rather than being irrational and irresponsible without purposes.
It helps individuals overcome the desire to live on their whims guided by greed of pleasure and fear of pain.
In this attempt to help individuals and thereby society, the book directs the readers to a path that may uncover answers to several eternal questions.
This book is divided into 8 sections and I’ll express my views on each individual section.
This chapter deals with how the universe came into being. The narrator searches and finds about the three main theories that explain the how the universe was born- The Big Bang Theory, The Steady State Theory and Oscillating theory. The narrator then chose to believe the Steady State theory, instead of the much proven Big Bang theory. He then analysed why the Steady State Theory didn’t prove the correct way the universe came into being.
From my view, this chapter had a good topic but the narrator being of the science background, he used so much technical jargon that sometimes I had to skip past a paragraph or two because I couldn’t get what he was trying to say. I know that those terms had to be used somehow, but breaking it into words which every reader could understand would’ve helped a lot.
Here the narrator questions the presence of an omnipotent and omnipresent entity called ‘God’. We all believe in God and we think our belief makes Him listen to us. But the truth is even if we don’t believe in Him; He’ll care for us and control us. The narrator then thinks of what is God? Is He an entity or a person or simply ‘nothing’? Then after many philosophies, the narrator describes God as ‘nothing’. God is nothing and is in everything. He is constant, unchanging, absolute and eternal.
This chapter deals with how the society has expectations from us and not fulfilling those leads to stress. Everyone in this world has expectations from their fellow individuals. Parents have expectations from their children, a teacher from student, and a boss from an employee. But these expectations value to nothing as they don’t end in productivity. Instead they create pressure over the person who is expected to do something and in the end he doesn’t get to do what he likes, rather what he wants to do. And all these expectations in turn deplete the natural resources and cause imbalance.
What are morals? Are they enough for a society to operate efficiently? And who decides what is ‘good’ or ‘bad’? Is goodness relative or absolute? The narrator here ponders upon these questions. He gives the example of the moral-filled stories all of us were made to read in smaller classes. They promoted honesty, sympathy and sacrifice.But do these morals still hold true in today’s world? The why is there so much violence and wrong-doing, still after having these morals to guide us?
What is our true purpose in life? Is it merely surviving and evolving? Or is it gaining happiness and satisfaction? Is the purpose of why we live related to our consciousness? The narrator answers all these questions in this chapter.
Are mistakes important? Do the mistakes committed in the past help people to evolve into a better being? This chapter puts light on how mistakes were necessary for people to develop. There were many mistakes which changed the course of history and many mistakes that contributed towards achieving a closer solution to the problem.
- The Change
Here the author describes what should be changed in order to live a good life. He made a list of virtues or subjects one has to inculcate or master to bring a desired change in society with individual reformation.
- The Equation of Life
This chapter sums up the entire book and gives us a view of how the author thinks the world should be. He explains the importance of balance in life and how people should be.
*I received this book in a Goodreads giveaway and it doesn’t hamper my opinion about the book*
If you’re a fan of philosophy or life related matters, you should read this book.