This work poses the basic rules of golf as a metaphor for life and argues that life is a game that can be played successfully. The book enumerates some basic rules of life (twenty-one in total) and shows how others have followed and violated these rules to their ultimate victory or defeat.
The book adopts some of the basic rules of golf as a metaphor for life and argues that life is a game that can be played successfully. The work then enumerates some basic rules of life (21 in total) and shows how others have followed and violated these rules to their ultimate victory or defeat. Many references are culled from popular culture both here in North America and abroad. There are autobiographical snapshots along the way to add authenticity to the project. I believe this is an important work in that it offers a path of life that is freed from the rigors and confusion of religion as well as the academic, heady malaise in which philosophy presently finds itself. I decided to write this work after taking several graduate philosophy courses in which I was discouraged by the lack of experiential connection which the philosophy had to the way people live their lives.
I believe this rule of golf, "Play it where it lies," and the responses to it are an apt metaphor for playing the game of life. The Random House Webster's Dictionary defines game as "a competitive activity involving skill, chance, or endurance played according to rules."
Life is a game in that it too is an activity (living) that has rules (our ethics, morals, mores, laws, values, etc.; rules of nature and physics), and a field of play (the world). Life is a competition in which we compete against the impulses and desires of our flesh and id as well as the powers of the world. Golf is a game in which one competes against oneself, external forces, and the forces of nature.