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Lenses by Richard Seltzer

50,000 words, complete

Inspirational non-fiction




The "lenses" in this book are essays that look at knotty questions from unusual angles. They are my way of trying to ponder imponderables.


I need to know who I am and why I am and how my life might matter in the context of those who came before and those who will come after. But the answers offered by religion feel insufficient, and scientific knowledge has advanced to the point that it is beyond the understanding of laymen. It would be wonderful to participate in the vast endeavor of scientific discovery and make a contribution, but the advancement of science will not end in my lifetime and will probably never end. I need answers that make sense here and now.


Many of these lenses derive from my belief that, as individuals and as a species, self-regulating mechanisms push us toward balance and reason and compassion. Our worst experiences and dreams can help nudge us in the "right" direction as if some force were trying to navigate a huge ship down a river, with the crudest of controls.

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