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Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite
Many of the well-informed take it for granted that history’s deep thinkers concern themselves with the meaning of life and existence, but these are no longer direct concerns of philosophers. In Being Human Being: The Philosophy of Existence, Ralph B. Bacchus takes readers into investigating the human persona in relation to his origins and undertakings, and how he can get a grip on the different facets of life. Mr. Bacchus’ book addresses the rudiments of metaphysics and logic. As he acknowledges his limitations as a human being, he works to make sense of what he knows to arrive at his interpretation of what it means to be human. His discourse on existence in relation to cosmology and spirituality are easy to follow as he writes jargon-free.
Although pessimism may be construed as the prevailing tone in most of his views on existence, Mr. Bacchus’ mood is one of qualified hope. His tone may be interpreted as struggling with futility, as we can critically argue by his caveat to accept our condition and all its absurdities for we remain stranded on a planet that we continue to get to know. Yet after digging into Being Human Being, we might arrive at the conclusion that life’s absurdities do not provide a secure foundation for optimism, but Mr. Bacchus proves that we can make our lives significant and that the search for what it means to be human and what lies ahead does not have to be fearful. The book’s title itself may sound vague but in its entirety provides assistance in existential illumination.