When I was thinking about pitching TEOH to publishers, I wrote a book proposal to summarize the book and its target audience. I brainstormed some of the adjectives I would use to describe the book’s point of view. The first three that came to mind were “Scientific, Agnostic, and Moderate.” That gave the acronym SAM. Pretty bland! In an early draft of my proposal, I wrote,
The book champions a scientific, agnostic, existential, objective, moderate outlook.
Now I was up to the acronym SAEOM, which was unwieldy and didn’t make any sense. With a little thought, I realized that I was anagramatically close to AWESOME. I just needed a W word and another E word. Then it clicked …
Agnostic + Worldly + Existential + Scientific + Objective + Moderate + Educated =
In our world of hype, the AWESOME voice easily gets lost. Religion is considered to be righteous, and the irreligious are still lumped in with communists and fringe extremists. News programs love to interview guests at the far left and far right to get opposing strong opinions. Political parties force politicians into dramatically polarized teams. Conspiracy theorists, religious fundamentalists, and bitter cynics dominate every online forum. Nationalism is still a matter of pride, and globalism is viewed with suspicion despite all its clear benefits.
Beliefs, biases, opinions, allegiances, and emotions all have their place. Yet if your goal is to truly understand the world we live in, you must try to rise above these distractions. You can’t take sides or get married to preconceived notions. You have to be agnostic, worldly, existential, scientific, objective, moderate, and educated.
In a series of follow-up posts, I will delve into each of these words and further define what it means to be AWESOME! The plan is for each essay to be about 2,000 words. Altogether, they will form my AWESOME manifesto.
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A is for Atheist / Agnostic : Posted 6/05/18
W is for Worldly : Posted 4/22/20 (Earth Day)
E is for Existential: Posted May 5 – 6, 2021 (Kierkegaard’s & Freud’s birthdays)
S is for Scientific / Statistical: Coming next!
O is for Objective
M is for Moderate
E is for Educated
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