Free philosophy Kindle books for 09 Aug 16

11. Vengeance (When the Jonquils Bloom Again, 3rd Edition)

by J G Knox

The eleventh of 25 segments, three chapters from the 547 page saga When the Jonquils Bloom Again, 3rd Edition, full version available in print and kindle, these are the stories of Sharon and her family, starting in 1847, ending in the present.

Vengeance, and eye for an eye, does it work? Laurence, first vengeance, does hanging the Klansman who raped Amber make it better, bring her back? Albert got more information, knew she was alive. Killing Laurence was necessary to cover his tracks—and Laurence did rape Amber. If there ever was to be justice, Albert had to take it. Laurence was a delivery boy, a driver, a man who transported girls, killing him stopped nothing. The Senator was still alive, so were all the others; all of them living good lives, paying nothing. This bothers Albert. What will he do when he finds them—the man who hurt Amber, called the Klan to cover it up. How about others, the ones from college, the other boys? One dead, as more are known, more dead, being an avenger feels good. Albert alone, no life of his own, he doesn’t mind the work.

The last one, it was a good hit. No one suspects Albert, no one suspects Albert of anything. An obvious murder, how many times did Albert shoot him? Someone had to pay. An innocent man framed, beaten to death, three more lynched. This didn’t work out as Albert planned—and his son, his wife. Albert hadn’t meant to hurt them.

Vengeance, a two edged sword, Albert’s bleeding too. Why is he talking to Pastor Paul after what happened to his father? How can he talk to him? What’s all this about God’s love and Amber’s sister. Why can’t he find Amber? Does God see blood on his hands? It washed off in the bathroom sink easily enough when he got home, and he always slept better after every hit. Did he get blood on his soul? How do you wash that off? Vengeance comes from hate, can’t create a life with love. Amber loved Albert. A successful avenger, Albert has never been so alone.

Each Thursday through Monday, in Amazon’s free Kindle books, we post a segment in sequence of When the Jonquils Bloom Again. Each segment is available on Amazon, as well as the kindle and hard back versions of the book.


A burning house: Seventeen dialogues on human relationship (Thinking Together Book 8)

by Paul D

The war on the military battle-field or in the streets of the foreign city, where it is now usually fought, is no different in kind from the war being waged constantly within the individual human mind. There may be a difference of degree but essentially they are one and the same thing. The individual human mind has amassed a wealth of evidence to support the notion that it is an important separate identity and, put very simply, that sense of being a separate identity is the first step to murder. From the idea of my self comes all the rest of itâ??my self-esteem, my values, my family, my tribe, my nation, my culture, my beliefs, my rights, and so forthâ??and thus the foundations are laid from which one views the whole of the world. One may view that world positively or negatively, or sentimentally or coldly, depending upon the nature of the personal foundation; but whichever way one views the world, it is a personal viewpoint born out of all the accumulated memories and interpretations of one’s own experiences and responses both good and bad. This notion of individuality is bound to bring about conflict with others, conflict in varying degrees and with varying forms, from our minor domestic disputes to the full-blown military campaign.

If we don’t transform societyâ??which is equally where we work or where we liveâ??then who will do it? Who will transform society? Who or what will bring about the end of our conflicts both internal and external? Or is conflict the eternal human condition and nothing will change it? The great organised efforts of the past have all failed whether those efforts have been made in the religious, in the political or in the philosophical arena. They have all failed. Man is still fighting man, still hiding in his own corner of the world trying to stay safe, still self-protective and defensive, perhaps angry at some things, guilty about some things, fearful about some things, puzzled about some things. That is the life of man, generally. Either he is doing what he can to make his own corner more comfortable and secure or he is waiting for something better than all thisâ??whether through good fortune, blind chance or fateâ??or he is just waiting for the peaceful oblivion of death. There are so many ways of escaping from this mess of the world, so many distractions.

You and I are society. Whatever relationship we have with one another here right now, that is the relationship we have with the rest of the world. To me that is quite obvious and I wonder if you see it too? Whatever relationship we have with each otherâ??whatever is the essential quality of thatâ??the same quality must also be in our relationships with other people, from the closest life partner to the remotest stranger. And outside of our relationships with other people, there is no society. Society is our relationship. So society is here today between you and Iâ??whoever you are and whoever I am.

Is it possible for us to look together at some of these questions? That’s the whole import of these books.

The Equality Manifesto – Part I: The New Emperor’s New Clothes

by Paul O’Connor

Most likely at any point in history, people think their era is unique, and unprecedented in some way. Ours is unique in terms of the volume and scale of inequality in our world today. The first book in this series, The New Emperor’s New Clothes, examines the inequality at the heart of every abortion, by means of philosophical and logical reasoning.

With over 25% of the pregnancies world-wide now ending in abortion, this is the topic of our times, and needs to be read by anyone who truly wants to think openly and freely about this enormous issue affecting so many millions of people in the world today.

Further planned works in this Equality Manifesto series will explore, among other things, politics and representation (in Demes), the rise of automation and AI in Brave New Robot World.

Please read with an open mind!

A Pool by the Sea

by Christian M. Oord

Sometimes we have to travel to places just to find out where we belong, even though the start of our voyage was our destination all along.

HARRIS LANCASTER, an overworked and seemingly hard-hearted hedge fund manager, has just started such a voyage. While staying at the Reid’s Hotel on the island of Madeira, he uncovers a dark secret that took away his ability to see with the heart.

With the help of Pedro, a waiter, and a string of serendipitous encounters Harris finds the true meaning of life. What starts out as a journey of adultery and deceit turns into a day full of wonders, giving Harris the answer to the question of all questions.

A Pool by the Sea captures the true essence of love, friendship, and failure in a series of magical interpersonal happenings that culminates in a heart-warming and unexpected conclusion.

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