By A. C. Grayling

Drawn from the wealth of secular literature and philosophy in either Western and jap traditions, utilizing an analogous thoughts of enhancing, redaction, and version that produced the holy books of the Judeo-Christian and Islamic religions, The solid Book consciously takes its layout and presentation from the Bible. In its fantastic thing about language and its association into brief chapters and verses for ease of interpreting and quotability, it bargains the non-religious seeker the entire knowledge, perception, solace, thought, and standpoint of secular humanist traditions which are older, some distance richer, and extra numerous than Christianity. equipped in twelve major sections-Genesis, Histories, knowledge, The Sages, Parables, Consolations, Lamentations, Proverbs, Songs, Epistles, Acts, and the Good-The stable Book opens with meditations at the foundation and growth of the realm and human lifestyles in it, then devotes realization to the query of ways lifestyles can be lived, how we relate to each other, and the way vicissitudes are to be confronted and joys favored. encouraged through the writing of Herodotus and Lucretius, Confucius and Mencius, Seneca and Cicero, Montaigne, Bacon, and such a lot of others, The solid Book fulfills its audacious objective in each way.

"I believe a few can be indignant via The solid Book yet they need not be. you do not have to be a nonbeliever to discover solace and knowledge within the distilled principles offered here."-The Huffington Post

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Eleven. ‘“Until then, enable him be grateful that it isn't within the center of the sons of Ethiopia to covet nations which don't belong to them. ”’ 12. So talking, he unstrung the bow and gave it to the messengers. Then, taking the pink gown, he requested them what it was once, and the way it were made. thirteen. They responded really, telling him about the pink, and the paintings of the dyer; whereupon he saw that ‘the males have been deceitful, and their clothing also’. 14. subsequent he took the neck chain and the armlets, and requested approximately them. So the ambassadors defined their use as embellishes. 15. Then the king laughed, and believing they have been fetters, acknowledged the Ethiopians had a lot more advantageous ones. sixteen. Thirdly, he inquired in regards to the myrrh, and once they instructed him the way it used to be made and rubbed upon the limbs, he acknowledged just like he had acknowledged in regards to the gown. 17. final he got here to the wine, and having learnt their method of creating it, he drank a draught, which enormously overjoyed him; 18. Whereupon he requested what the Persian king loved to consume, and what age the longest-lived of the Persians attained. 19. They informed him that the king ate bread, and defined the character of wheat; including that 80 years used to be the longest time period of man’s existence one of the Persians. 20. To this the Ethiopian king remarked that it didn't shock him, in the event that they ate up dust, that they died so younger; 21. certainly he used to be yes they by no means could have lived as long as 80 years, aside from the refreshment they bought from their wine, which he confessed to be improved to whatever that the Ethopians drank. 22. while the spies had obvious every thing, they again to Egypt and made report back to Cambyses, who used to be stirred to anger via the phrases of the Ethiopian king. 23. instantly he set out on his march opposed to the Ethiopians with no making any provision for the sustenance of his military, 24. Or reflecting that he used to be approximately to salary warfare within the uttermost elements of the earth. 25. Like a mindless madman, no did he obtain the document of the ambassadors than he begun his march, 26. teaching the Greeks who have been along with his military to stay the place they have been, and taking in basic terms his land strength with him. 27. At Thebes, which he handed on his method, he indifferent from his major physique a few fifty thousand males, and despatched them opposed to the Ammonians with orders to hold the folks into captivity, and burn their civic locations. 28. in the meantime he went on with the remainder of his forces opposed to the Ethiopians. 29. sooner than he had complete one-fifth of the space, all of the army’s provisions failed; whereupon the lads started to devour the sumpter beasts, which have been all quickly fed on. 30. If, at the present, Cambyses, seeing what used to be taking place, had confessed his mistake, and led his military again, he might have performed the wisest factor; 31. yet because it used to be, he took no heed, and persisted the march. 32. as long as the earth gave them something, the warriors sustained lifestyles by way of consuming the grass and herbs; 33. but if they got here to the naked sand, a few of them dedicated a horrid deed: via tens they solid plenty for a guy, who was once slain to be the meals of the others.

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