Eternal Questions: A Maybe Interesting List
Eternal Questions: A Maybe Interesting List explores human behavior and some philosophical ideas through various profound questions and observations. With an infectious sense of humor and a keen eye for highlighting interesting paradoxes, Iwanna Twainbee takes readers on a journey of self-discovery and unlearning. The book explores several diverse themes, including religion, natural law, suicide, relationships, science, enlightenment, racism, capitalism, poverty, war, and more. Is the meaning of life determined personally? Does the benefit of becoming learned justify its cost? How do we determine what is wrong or right? If you’ve ever had similar questions to these, you will appreciate the collection of questions in the book.
Only a deeply introspective mind could have contemplated and compiled the ingenious, eye-opening questions in Eternal Questions: A Maybe Interesting List. As a fan of exceptional works, I appreciated the uniqueness of the book and how it says a lot with only a few words. It’s not the type of book that you would enjoy reading in one sitting, as every sentence requires further contemplation to fully access its cognitive and life-changing benefits.
While reading the book, I acknowledged to myself, in several parts, that I had never reasoned a certain perspective as I saw it in the book. For example, a question is raised about balancing “egoism’s urge to withdraw from society with, if effected, the resulting loss to society.” I felt the question is related to the increasing difficulty of finding people to physically socialize with in our egocentric, social-media-focused age. I was blown away by the question, “Are free will and free bread mutually exclusive?” It brought my attention to the idea of freedom in a capitalist system.
I liked that the book also contains quotes and ideas from different individuals and philosophers throughout history, such as Lord Thomas Babington Macaulay, Michel de Montaigne, and Aristotle. I strongly recommend the book to philosophy enthusiasts and readers who love to ask questions about life and the values they choose to prioritize. Some questions from the book examine modern problems, like posting travel pictures on social media to appear “cool”; others explore elements that have probably existed since the appearance of the first sentient humans, like love and poverty. Though some ideas are particular to women’s experiences, the book can be enjoyed by anyone, regardless of their gender.
Iwanna Twainbee did a fantastic job with her book. It’s one of the most mentally engaging philosophical books I’ve read, and I’ve read several. The world certainly needs more books that teach the value of questioning things and figuring out one’s truth, like Eternal Questions: A Maybe Interesting List.
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