One of the oldest and most familiar pieces of advice ever given to the human race is the one which says: "Know yourself." But, precisely how should one go about pursuing knowledge of one’s self? Up until perhaps the last four or five hundred years, the answer generally given was introspection, which is to say turning your power of attention inward in search of the innermost depths of your own mind. As the common opinion went, that meant a rather significant amount of seclusion, asceticism, and meditation as one tried to blot out every bit of external stimulation and distraction.
In this book, a man who spent 13 years in pronounced seclusion, asceticism, and meditation (followed by 25 years of moderate efforts in those directions) seeks to tell the world what his heroically intense, inward glance has revealed to him regarding the inner, hidden factors behind the tendency of human beings to approve of abortion, euthanasia, and war upon non-combatants. What’s presented here is thus "depth psychology" of a narrow but unusually penetrating kind. Indeed, it goes so deeply into one of the subliminal areas of human motivation, some readers should perhaps be warned that what is said may cause them serious mental stress. If nothing else, some will find themselves driven to rage against the author in a most ferocious manner--perhaps even in a homicidal manner. For, what is said here about fundamental, hidden human motivation even in the depths of "saints" is--unless seen from eternity’s point of view--markedly degrading to say the very least.
On the other hand, all those truly interested in self-knowledge should greatly desire to know whatever a 64-year-old master of introspection has uncovered in his self. So greatly should they desire to know it, that, no matter how insulting the findings he presents, they can remain content to say: "On a venture as important as life is, I desperately need the assistance of one able to paint what is truly the ‘worst case scenario.’ Since this is manifestly the most appalling ‘worst case scenario’ I have ever encountered, what can I do but thank its author for presenting it to me?"
Come, then, dear reader and see if you, too, agree: This is, indeed, the most appalling assessment of hidden human motivation ever presented to the world. At least, so it is unless, like God, you can observe the glorious future motivation which--from the viewpoint of One beyond time--somehow already underlies the repulsive current motivation.