The Book of Calamities as I read about in this article seems to be a book about suffering and its meanings. Now as I read the article its seems that the author is trying to justify or give reasons as to why people suffer and possibly a means in which to reduce suffering, but if i were reading the accounts in this book I’m sure that I would suffer as well. This may seem strange but let me explain, if you have ever known someone that has committed suicide or maybe you have children would you really be able to read those chapters that you can relate to and not feel suffering? I from experience am not sure that I could read this book and feel no remorse or suffer at least for a short time.
Someone you knew commits suicide and your left feeling remorse and are suffering because you think that you could have stopped it if only you could have seen the sign a little sooner. Now as you read on this book you come across the chapters were the author recounts his experience with a friend who commits suicide. You stop reading and instantly your drowning in emotion for the person you know. Now who is causing unnecessary suffering, is it right that he seems to be looking back on the suffering and retelling it to cause more suffering? I think that his book may be presenting information in a way that causes more pain then intended to more people than imaginable.
Lets say you have kids or nieces or nephews you care about dearly, and you get to the chapters on Andrea Yates’s and her cruel drowning of her own children. Are you going to be able to read threw those chapters and not think about how you would feel if you were responsible for your own children's deaths. I understand what the author is trying to do with the book, but the issues he is covering may affect people in ways that he didn’t foresee and may cause this book to not work out how he wanted it too.
Now to the parts of the articles he covers that we read about. He mentions the “Epic of Gilgamesh” and the “Book...