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Life is a gift that allows us to impact the world around us. But what sort of impact do we have? Are we doing our best to better ourselves and our surrounding environment, or are we selling our souls in pursuit of success and material wealth? These are some topics touched upon in When the Abyss Stares Back. Enacting a conversation between God and Zarathustra, author Justin Mann examines the human condition through a myriad of ways, questioning, pondering, and philosophizing about the nature of humanity with all its strengths and flaws. Unfortunately, in their quest for neverending success, many have killed a part of themselves to integrate into a corrupt system that is rotten to the core. But hope lies through those nameless individuals who have dedicated their lives to the betterment of society.
When the Abyss Stares Back is a powerful work on the ills plaguing humanity, most of it by humans' own doing, that forces you to introspect about the nature of evil and good and, quite often, the thin line that separates both. Justin Mann emphasizes that people often occupy themselves with material pursuits or indulge in alcohol, drugs, or other harmful substances because. otherwise, they cannot cope with the pressure and suffering of their environment. Mann also offers links to YouTube videos that reiterate these beliefs, providing proper context to these ideas. As a massive fan of Attack On Titan and Vinland Saga, I enjoyed these references. If you like philosophical discourse, this is a must-read.