The New Walden:
Socratic Truckerís American Experience--
Book Description: An otherwise intellectual man assumes the persona of
a big-rig trucker in order to travel throughout the
The engine brakes roared as the eighteen-wheeled machine fought against the relentless pull of gravity, doggedly claiming its 72,000 lbs on a narrow and winding highway, somewhere above the Pacific North West and heading down, down into a city which moments before looked like a speck but now appears as a sea of light, from a mountain hidden in the dark, otherwise towering silently in the void of night. Had I liberty to reflect in my usual manner, I would surely wonder how an intellectual got here, but I would immediately recall that before all else I am a spiritual being for whom life entails twists which may even at times appear violent.
The spirit of philosophy finding expression within the condition of the trucker testifies to the truth that our world is yet in its infant stage with regard to the human potential; that all persons are no less than diamonds in the surrounding rough of our still primitive social environment. Indeed the immediate disbelief that the next great work of American literature might come out of the experiential condition of a common trucker is itself an unfortunate result of such special anomalies in the human experience. Yet great voices not afraid of such paradoxes have long appealed to the human conscience in an attempt to awaken us to our potential, men bridging the ages from Socrates to Henry David Thoreau. Herein therefore follows yet another such voiceóthe voice of the Socratic Truckerísóreminding us once more of our hitherto unexercised potential, and calling us, again, to a new awakeningÖ
Table of Contents:
Prelude: A short statement about the paradoxical nature yet forward looking aim of this project.
Introduction: Some short words aimed at introducing the reader to the auto-biographical origin of the project.
Sir Intercept: Socratic Truckerís first
encounter, a middle-aged male therapist in
Madam Giver: Socratic Truckerís second encounter, a college-aged
female student in
The Old Soldier: Socratic Truckerís third encounter, a retirement aged, African American
Freeia and Burn: Socratic Truckerís fourth encounter, a homeless couple on the streets of
The Teacher: Socratic Truckerís fifth encounter, a retirement ready trucker at a truck stop in
Sir Austere: Socratic Truckerís sixth encounter, a middle aged man, having converted to the Amish lifestyle
Conclusion: Some inspirational words aimed at wrapping up the projectís final significance.
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