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Laughing Gas
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Publisher:  century 21 bookstore Type: 


Copyright:  Jan 1 2001


Laughing Gas is a book of dark humour and satire and philosophy. It is controversial in nature as it examines many of the mythologies that people live by to help them through the day. In the end it is a self-help book designed to empower people by letting them rid themselves of the many fictions that actually hurt them

Laughing Gas is a book of dark humour and philosophy. It examines our lives and the many fictions and canards that we employ to help us make it through the day. These fictions include, religion, power of positive thinking, talking cure psychologies to name only a few.

The book argues that while these inventions of mankind are thought to help us, that in reality they wind up hurting us far more in the long run.

For, the book argues, we are in the end all the architects of our own miseries and hells because we, through our fictions and illusions create these hells for ourselves. In the end Laughing Gas is really a self-help book as in endeavors to help people break free of the fictions that chain them to what every miseries they have been kind enough to create for themselves
In endeavoring to write a book about people and humanity in the grander sense, one really has to get to know the subject well. All good artists, whatever their discipline, throw themselves perilously into their work to discover the inner most workings of their subjects. I, warm and philanthropic neighbor, have been no different. Every morning when the sweet fluffy little Robins begin chirping joyfully in the trees, I emerge from my basement to fully embrace the human race. Throwing the curtains open with a dollop of panache approaching abandon, I drink them into my very being.Luckily for me, I possess the rare gift of empathy with my fellow man. Like Mr. Spock of Star Trak fame, I am able to affect a sort of "mind meld" with my fellow man. I can and do become truly one with them. By doing this I can touch and examine their very souls. Their innermost thoughts and feelings are clearly revealed to me. In short, I touch and understand the very core of their beings. Then, after this thorough and deep understanding of my fellow man, I allow myself the usual 15 to 20 minutes I need to recover from the dry heaves, and then I continue with my book.

So, what exactly is this literary undertaking about? This is a book about destroying dreams. To be slightly more specific, your dreams. (Please, there's no need to thank me, I'm more than happy to do it.) This is essentially the dilemma one faces when writing anything about ourselves of our lives in what we refer to as modern society. "Mundis Vult Decipi," is the banner James Branch Cabell's silver stallion carried while riding through the clouds. "The world wants to be deceived," and so it has been from the beginnings of our recorded history to the present day. Laughing Gas at

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