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Emmarssom is a descendant of a highly knowledgeable African tribe that prided itself in the way it approached and understood life. His adventure as a kid leads him to a mysterious box that changes his life. Following the discovery of this box, Emmar begins to host a strange man who shares astute words of wisdom with him in his dreams. With this man’s teachings and the lessons from the stories about his ancestors, Emmar emerges as a young man with deep insights about life. This attracts people to him as he shares his knowledge with them and also learns from them. In Emmar’s world, wisdom isn’t as hard to find as it is in ours.
Book of Chaos by Yin Dolmah is a fictional tale set in contemporary times. The author assumes the posture of a sage who dispenses insightful takes on various life issues through the characters and events in the book. Usually, topics on values and philosophical life views can sometimes be boring and elitist, but by embedding these thoughts in a vibrant story, the author makes them intriguing and relatable.
With his decent narration skills, the author uses symbolism and peculiar but meaningful analogies to give fascinating meanings to concepts like strength, influence and leadership. Dolmah also plunges into the business world and looks at the dynamics of big and small corporations and why the top dogs tend to lose sight of their values after becoming great. I find the author’s views concerning the failure of top businesses interesting. They reflect the type of deep reflection and pinpoint questioning that’s rampant among philosophers.
Dolmah calls this piece “Book of Chaos.” Chaos there appears to be a metaphor for life as the book delves into many other aspects of human existence apart from the concepts mentioned above. As the main character Emmar tells the story of his ancestry, the author calls our attention to the individual and communal hypocrisy that exists within our communities. To explain this phenomenon, Dolmah sets the lens on African societies where the mentality of eternal victimhood is prevalent. According to Dolmah, these people blame the foreigners for stealing from them when their leaders were in fact, stark looters and plunderers. They accuse other races of treating them like lesser humans when they also treated people within their communities who shared different religious persuasions, origins or sexual orientation as “outcasts.”
The Book of Chaos is a mentally stimulating piece that had me questioning several views I held and helped me see critical matters from a fresh perspective. I also liked how the author kept the language simple, direct and crisp. So if you’re looking for a philosophical book that addresses several of life’s issues in story form, grab yourself a copy of Book of Chaos.