KEARNEY — The title of Jordan Neben’s e-book makes one factor clear — he doesn’t have all of the solutions.
“It’s an opinion piece of six totally different essays protecting quite a lot of matters from faith and perception, politics and statecraft, to the current pandemic,” he mentioned. “The entire level of the e-book is to get the reader to think about this stuff in new and novel methods.”
The Kearney-based writer hopes his readers will take a look at these matters, together with long-held beliefs, in a approach that invitations introspection.
“A Lot of Questions (With No Solutions)” options six essays: “Ruminations on Faith,” “Ruminations on Faith: Addendum,” “Make Positive Your Demise is Sudden and Violent,” “The Worth of Historical past,” “State of Generosity” and “Written by the Victor.” Though Neben describes his e-book as an opinion piece, he contains hypothetical conditions to assist readers make sense of the questions all through the e-book.
Neben hopes to encourage individuals with excessive beliefs to look at their values.
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“The underlying level of the e-book is to get individuals with excessive beliefs — and it doesn’t matter what excessive perception it’s — to query their opinions,” he mentioned. “I need individuals to be higher towards each other. I believe we may be higher towards each other if we thought extra about what we do and why.”
Neben initially used the present title, whereas he labored on the essays, pondering he would substitute it later.
“I got here up with the title with out spending plenty of time on it,” he mentioned. “I used it as a placeholder for some time. I considered some alternate options however whereas on the telephone with the editor, I requested whether or not I ought to change the title. He mentioned, ‘I believe you hit the nail on the pinnacle with the title. I wouldn’t change it.’ So I made a decision to keep it up.”
A few of the questions Neben raises within the e-book: How usually do individuals take the time to query the essential assumptions that underlie their beliefs and worldview? How sturdy can an individual’s conviction be if they can’t enable room for doubt of their minds?
“As with all writer, I hope to succeed in plenty of readers,” he mentioned. “I hope I go away readers a little bit extra discerning and introspective. I hope they are going to take that very same perspective and query issues a little bit extra.”
In his essay, “Make Positive Your Demise is Sudden and Violent,” Neben explores why governments “will fortunately create memorials for all of those that died preventing its wars, however why that very same authorities may not be as eager to do the identical when illness kills its residents.”
Neben, 27, describes himself as somebody who enjoys studying and studying.
“Even at school I learn books on a regular basis,” he mentioned. “I’ve at all times had the will to try to study extra. I’m at all times ordering extra books and I attempt to learn a number of new ones every month. I attempted to distill any knowledge I may need realized and put it into this e-book.”
“A Lot of Questions (With No Solutions)” required little analysis because the writer based mostly a lot of the materials on his personal opinions. Neben is presently engaged on one other e-book that can require extra analysis with cautious citations.
“It’s going to most likely take a very long time,” he mentioned. “I assume that one shall be years within the making so I don’t wish to say an excessive amount of extra about it proper now.”
At the back of the e-book, Neben listed books and podcasts that helped affect his opinions.
“The one which influenced me essentially the most is a well-liked podcast known as ‘Hardcore Historical past & Frequent Sense,’ hosted by Dan Carlin,” he mentioned. “I’ve been a fan of his for years. I’ve styled my e-book in an analogous approach. Once I was placing collectively the define for certainly one of my essays, I listened to an episode of his I had by no means heard earlier than. I didn’t notice how comparable my pondering was to his.”
Neben understands the significance of historical past.
“By finding out historical past, you possibly can achieve larger insights to humanity,” he mentioned. “For a very long time I believed that outdated cliché, ‘Those that don’t examine historical past are doomed to repeat it.’ I believe I’ve gotten older and extra cynical and I’ve come to understand that perhaps humanity doesn’t study loads from our errors. There appears to be a sample of plenty of errors being repeated time and time once more.”