It is no coincidence that Socrates is on the front cover. One of the many quotes attributed to that great thinker is “I cannot teach anybody anything. I can only make them think.” This is precisely the point of this collection of essays: I hope they will spark thinking in the reader.
A reason for publishing these essays in a book is that I lament the passing of the tradition of essay writing. Apart from being thought provoking, essays were often very effective in giving a flavour of the times they were written in. They were a great commentary on a society no longer existing but relevant as a precursor.
Blogging may have become the modern equivalent of the essay writing that was popular in the 18th and 19th century, but blogs tend to be a fleeting medium. There one moment, flushed away in the great torrent of information the next. A book tends to last longer. A book is more patient in its wait for attention. And I believe that is true for electronic books and printed books. Maybe, if time and funds allow, I will publish this collection in that most archaic of forms: a printed book. Indeed, these essays were once blog posts. But to give them a longer lifespan, I rewrote them and collected them in this book. My ambitious and maybe vain hope is that these essays will in a modest way contribute to a tradition going back thousands of years and which still forms the basis of our human society: debate.
- It’s an iBook
- It’s full of essays
- It makes you think
- You can get it at the Apple iBooks store