Key to the Abyss by J.P. Beyor

Key to the Abyss

From the "Guarded Hearts Journals" series, volume 2
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This second installment of a series examines symbols, means of control, and what it truly means to be human.

Book one in this philosophical series explored a number of Beyor’s (Guarded Hearts: Genesis Sabotage, 2016, etc.) “axioms” regarding artificially constructed symbols and their impact on natural humans. (One such axiom states that “our agreed symbols will take the biological creature to the knees of insanity.”) Book two further develops these themes and encourages action. Have humans been conditioned their entire lives to worship symbols and icons? Are their legal and religious systems merely constructs of control? What about the natural state of their minds? Addressing such sentiments in a series of chapters (referred to in the text as “Journals”) that range from the simply titled “Communication” to the sci-fi-sounding “The Omega Strain,” the book hashes out ideas in dense, impassioned prose. Exploring topics such as the true intentions of Jesus and the shortcomings of the educational system (“children are not being taught to think only to obey and blame”), the volume discusses many tangents, though the focus remains clear: the author’s questioning of authority and the symbols it endorses. Many statements such as “video monitor destruction and drone deaths are the new headgame war fought by the lethal watchers confederacy” and “the whole working brain interdicts the topical single sense domination as illogical” require close scrutiny. While the author’s authenticity is without question, details can be lost in such convoluted phrasings. With many lines aimed directly at the reader (for example, “You must learn to read between the lines, not on the lines. Our feelings are very real and they guide us”), the work is likely to generate critical thinking. Is it true, as the author argues, that “laws make people lazy” and slothful? Whether or not readers agree, such questions provide an opportunity to look more closely at what is taken for granted in the modern world. After all, getting past what “all the profit-driven institutions” want humans to believe “can be done, but it takes work and taking back personal will.” Even if the finer points of the author’s arguments can be murky, such a devoted conviction remains inspiring.

While portions of this philosophical book deliver odd phrasings, the author’s message involving the questioning of authority should kindle new ideas for open-minded readers.

Pub Date: June 2nd, 2016
Page count: 317pp
Program: Kirkus Indie
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