Un Ovium Mori

Non-Fiction - Religion/Philosophy
70 Pages
Reviewed on 05/06/2022
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Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers' Favorite

Un Ovium Mori is a short contemporary literary book by Quinten Serna. Through philosophical tangents rooted in the idea of self, Serna delves into the various aspects of life and tries to showcase the subtle variances between the lines of humanitarianism and cynicism. People ascribe higher validation to their day-to-day existence to give themselves purpose. Serna asks some interesting questions such as does helping people come from a deep-seated need to bring personal change into the lives of others or because of a shallow view of altruism to feel sufficient and superior? Is blissful ignorance a blessing in disguise, or is it better to champion the needs of those who are voiceless? The author encourages readers to live by one's own measure, to be complexly secure in their ego while retaining their humbleness.

If you're looking for some compelling philosophical discourse, Un Ovium Mori is the perfect book for you. Quinten Serna's eloquent prose and delivery make the narrative a breeze to go through as he explores the human condition through philosophical musings that are thematically rich and narratively poignant. There are some truly unique and enlightening insights that leave you with a lot to ponder about long after you've finished reading the book. According to the author, satisfaction derived from self-indulgence is the machination of the ego, whose primary goal is to seek approval from others. He also holds the view that civil displeasure is the paragon of freedom. Overall, I'm glad that I read Un Ovium Mori. It certainly makes you introspect. Highly recommended.

Sheena Monnin

Un Ovium Mori by Quinten Serna is a moving look at human nature, the motivations behind human behaviors, the way we as humans navigate through life, and living with the realities of the human experience. The author speaks from a place of grounded wisdom and deep insight throughout the book. The reader can relate to the philosophical topics presented and can likely recall times in their own lives where moments of deep reflection or moments of inner dialogue called to mind the meaning (or lack thereof) of life. Skillfully set forth are the parts of human nature that require self-preservation while we also have the urge to explore the unknown and often feel the pull between pushing boundaries and listening to our fears. The influence of religion and societal standards on the human psyche is brought to light as well, and the reader will see their own need for approval and the impulse to measure their existence in grand moments rather than in small forward steps.

Un Ovium Mori by Quinten Serna poses mind-expanding and self-awakening questions throughout the book, each one designed to present a facet of life or the human existence and give the reader a deeper, philosophical look into the reason behind the beliefs or behaviors we share. I admire the author’s ability to pose relatable parts of human nature as a self-exploratory lesson for the reader. I found myself impressed by the author’s insights into human nature and uplifted in my perspective of life both as a whole and as it happens in stages. The author is skilled in their approach to the various topics in the book, shows intelligence and wisdom, and covers a broad range of interesting parts of life.

Nicholus Schroeder

Un Ovium Mori is a philosophical book by Quinten Serna. What is philosophy? Is it merely over-embellished drivel from the mouths of “intellectuals?” Or is there more substance to it? That’s a question that always leads to a heated debate depending on the views of both parties involved. In my opinion, regardless of our views on what philosophy entails and whether it's hogwash or not, the one thing we all agree on is that it’s fascinating and mesmerizing. Being part of a philosophical discussion or witnessing one is such a rare occurrence. Thankfully, Quinten Serna's book has got philosophy in spades. Few things are as stimulating for our brains as a philosophical conversation, and Quinten has written a stimulating book.

Un Ovium Mori had me enthralled and ensnared in a web of glorious philosophy. Quinten Serna's thoughts on the many varied topics he discussed in his book were nothing short of the holy grail of philosophy. His explanations were concise and well-thought-out as he could convey his extensive ideas with a few easy to grasp sentences. Bearing witness to the sheer knowledge that the author possesses was a memorable experience in itself. The topics that Quinten tackled were so varied, yet he exhibited a great understanding of each. Something else I loved about this book was the writing; the vocabulary in particular made me enjoy reading it even more. The words in this book gave off an ancient and long-forgotten vibe and that really set the required atmosphere for a philosophical discussion. All in all, this was a stimulating book and one I'm glad to have read. I definitely recommend this book to readers that dabble in philosophy from time to time, be it in films, conversations, or books.