If there has been one author I have enjoyed the most, it would have to be Charles Lindbergh. He was a man who constantly analyzed life. He wanted to learn about the fundamentals and essence of life. This book details his search for meaning and the "truth" of life. Mr. Lindbergh writes about his continuing struggle between modern civilization and returning to nature and living simply. He deals with enormous juxtapositions. His name had become synonomous with aviation and yet he realized its development had been used to destroy during WWII. He hated notoriety but yet he found himself caught up in a whirlwind of unwanted media and political attention. He found that he loved the simple life and living in nature, and yet he wanted to advance modern civilization and live in its existence. He writes:
"The tempo of modern civilization has a centrifugal force that carries us outward from the core of life toward ever-expanding peripheries. One should return frequently to the core, and to basic values of the individual- to natural surroundings, to simplicity and contemplation. Long ago, I resolved to so arrange my life that I could move back and forth between periphery and core."
Charles Lindbergh provides tremendous insight into life as he describes all that he experienced in his lifetime. These include his famous flight, his father and his relationship, Roosevelt, the war, and his experiments and exploration. It is really a joy to read. However, a subject he alluded to all along the book becomes his full blown philosophy in the last 2 chapters. That is evolution. As a Christian to read this seems tragic. He constantly refers to how fragile we are and how limited science and rational thought is, and yet he embraces the dogma. Although he has repect to Christianity, he never seemed to be able to embrace its truths. As I was reading his spiritual philosophy it reminded me of a Bible verse that is repeated twice, which I think is significant:
There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Proverbs 14:12;16:25 (KJV)