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    All Life Deserves Its Dignity

    All Life Deserves Its Dignity I first read this book a few months ago, and didn't know exactly what to do about it, review wise. There was too much going on for me to easily compose a review offhand. I just finished reading it again and feel a little bit better about taking it on, and by that I mean giving it its fair due. As books go it is actually rather hard to categorize in monolithic form. It has elements of SciFi, fantasy, philosophy, cosmology and maybe even a little mystery and theology… it certainly kept me guessing about what the hell was going on. Our primary characters, heroines if you will are swept up and/or sucked into an other worldly realm thousands of light years distance across to the other side of the Milky Way galaxy, and while this immediately says Science Fiction the typically gizmo laden artifacts of SciFi are mostly missing. There are no ray guns or transporters or creepy aliens, although within the realm in which our ladies find themselves those things could manifest if they were needed. Confused? I was too until I got into the meat of the novel. More than anything else this is a study on the subject of mans place in the universe and the manner in which the human race has comported itself to date. Earth is portrayed as a very dystopic place in which most everything that can go wrong has gone wrong, most of it by the hand of man. Normally I dislike dystopic themes in books but in this case it is an important part of the message. The Cuz, a name derived from cousins, is what the aliens call themselves, and they populate a very large portion of the galaxy and are trying to help the woefulness that has become Earth get resolved so that we don't self destruct. The other aspect of this book is that it addressing the very nature of reality, borrowing from some of the most recent trends in cosmology along the lines of thinking that our universe exists because it is observed. This is nascent philosophy but it is a very appealing concept which touches on what humans call deity. I'm not trying to explain the authors intent, only to put what I just read in the context of emerging ideas in the scientific and cosmological community. There is a repeated credo in the book that says 'We are all one', and while that's a typically New Age meme and Hippie by-word it is also something primal in our search for meaning and placement in the universe. The Cuz are one, and they include us in that. In all this is a fascinating book that will entertain but will at the same time require the reader to open their minds and try to squeeze new concepts into their thinking along with the old and familiar. One needs to be willing to shift a few paradigms to follow this one. Have fun...
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