A shorter version of a longer book

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A shorter version of a longer book

Authored by Brand Smit

“The story so far: I was born, we moved, then I went to school; then we moved again, and again, and a few more times; then I went to university, then to another university; then I went to Korea, then I went back to South Africa, and then I came to Taiwan. Then I wrote another few hundred pages to add to a few hundred pages I had written in previous years about why I do what I do.

Then, while waiting for a train at a deserted station, it suddenly occurred to me that there is too much material to publish as a single book. Then the next day I went to pay my phone bill and on the way I thought of a title for a shorter book with selected material. Then I sat down behind the computer and wrote this text.

There, the condensed version of my life so far, who I am, and how this book came into existence.”


“If you have no home, no possessions, neither friend nor family, you do not do much while you are awake, you do nothing to make money, you hold no religious beliefs and you never have conversations or respond to what other people say, then who are you? What are you?”



  • Prologue
  • IDEALISTS and their conflict
  • LONERS and their struggle
  • Reconciliation with the monster (or, if an alien …)
  • Commitment and place
  • Story of two men
  • Book One: Introduction
  • Icarus journal, entries # 13 ~ 15
  • To be remembered
  • A most important lesson
  • The purpose of my life
  • The beautiful world
  • Almost the end
  • To talk about God
  • Money and self respect – a few thoughts
  • Hostage or free creator?
  • Word games
  • Last outburst (before the end my vacation)
  • Creative, fulltime
  • Wealthy, in the world of money
  • To be part of something bigger
  • My current life
  • The (real) value of money
  • On the technical aspects of belonging and membership
  • End contemplation, part one/The ultimate hope
  • Belonging and mobile membership
  • Who and what
  • Three incidents
  • On the next generation: Parenthood
  • Just another piece of writing
  • A thought brews in my head, part two
  • Note on Christmas Day, 2003
  • Note on Saturday, 27 December 2003
  • In the service of an idea
  • Money and art
  • Note on Monday, 19 January 2004
  • Note on Saturday, 24 January 2004
  • To be all right
  • Note on Tuesday, 17 February 2004
  • Note on Wednesday, 18 February 2004
  • Chapter five: [The big untitled]
  • The SELF is born (and other notes of a particular day)
  • I own seven pairs of underwear …
  • The self.
  • I know who I am
  • Accept yourself (even if it’s only to save time)
  • Small house, big world
  • Results of a life
  • Puzzle people
  • It’s only a game, and the rules can be figured out
  • Identity, the self, and the result of everything
  • The GIVEN SELF, and the role of intellectuals
  • On rebirth, and a “new” self
  • The formula that leads to result
  • What is GIVEN, and what you CHOOSE
  • Money, the labour market, and how you function
  • I still believe …
  • “I, now” and related notes
  • Origin of the self (and do reptiles have souls?)

Publication Date:
Dec 04 2012
1481160699 / 9781481160698
Page Count:
Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
5.25" x 8"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Philosophy / Essays

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