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Quiet Freedom is in part based off the real-life relationship between a stuffed polar bear and someone whom the author knew better before he decided to know himself better. And by extension, ourselves.
Many authors include an acknowledgements page in their book and it is something I decided not to do. One of the reasons I chose not to is the folly of doing so. For the writing of Quiet Freedom is a culmination of many (tens of?) thousands of experiences and interactions with different people (and animals). Our existence is also supported by many other people - today and through history. No one is - self-made, despite the fashion in thinking so (If you've read the book, you should already "know" this).
After traveling all over the world, eating thousands of meals, watching hundreds of documentaries, and reading countless books, and being entertained or indirectly taught by a myriad of movies and tv shows, the list to thank would be endless. Even people who have caused me grief (directly or indirectly) or rejected me, I would have to thank in some manner as well. For if they didn't, perhaps I might not have been forced to question certain things or myself. Or my life would have been sent on a different path. Then there is the whole question of "God," but that is another story.
Should I individually thank teachers, co-workers, people who served me at restaurants, farmers, taxi drivers who didn't rip me off (Let me not tell you about my experience in Casablanca, Morocco), pilots who got me to where I needed to go, and flight attendants and baggage handlers who have facilitated the process as well? What about former clients of businesses I ran, authors and editors of books I read, producers and editors of documentaries and movies I've watched, people who gather statistics that have enlightened me? Those who work at companies whose products I've used? Scientists and researchers whose work I may have benefited and have been harmed by? Or those in less glamourous administrative and civic roles? Engineers who work on technologies and at organizations that have supported my existence, or made it more difficult? (See EMF) Architects who designed buildings I've inhabited or worked in or construction workers and those in repetitive manufacturing roles? Activists who campaigned for various positions that have benefited me? People who maintain hiking trails I have been on? Really..the list is endless. The more one understands how energy, thoughts, and feelings work, the more one realizes the folly of individually thanking people. The SELF is an illusion and the sooner we realize it, the smoother things will be. If you've read the book, you already know what stands in the way of this happening though!
Many other categories of people I have certainly excluded or missed. I'll add them later.
On that note, there is only one person who has always been there for me in the years leading up to the publication of Quiet Freedom. Things have certainly not turned out as I expected and have taken far longer than I ever imagined. That person is my father in this life. He has been a rock who has supported me through thick and thin, even though he hasn't and still doesnt understand everything that has occurred to me. Nor everything that I talk about. I could also thank the spirit of my deceased mother, but that is another story as well!
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