"It scares me to imagine how my life might have turned out if I hadn't adopted a skeptical outlook early on. I might have wasted countless hours worrying about psychic readings, horoscopes, and whether or not one or more of a million gods approved of me. That would have meant less time for reading books, exploring the world, flirting with girls, watching sci-fi movies and eating chocolate-covered peanuts. A diminished life for sure. I also could have wasted thousands of dollars and possibly harmed my health with medical quackery. Worse, I might have dedicated my life to spreading and selling dangerous irrational beliefs to others. I feel fortunate and proud that I am willing and able to think about what I think. The habit of thinking before believing has served me well."
Finally on page 419 "If we choose to, we can give our lives great meaning and purpose, based on things that are known to be real. Nobody has to take this route, of course, but do not doubt that you can. There is no need to rely on superstition for strength or to let fantasy define your existance. If you want to be a nice person, then be nice. If you want to leave your mark on the world, then go do something. If you want to be a slacker, then stop reading this book and go take a nap. You don't need unproven claims of the supernatural and paranormal guiding you and reassuring you every step of the way. You are a human being with an immensely powerful brain. Don't underestimate its ability to seperate you from much of the nonsense and danger out there. Your life is yours, live it wisely."
As for "12 Steps to Dead", I just wanted to thank those of you who have been supportive and had nice things to say about it and even more so to those of you who posted the really complimentary reviews on Amazon.
I'm sad to say that the initial enthusiasm has not unexpectedly, more or less vanished. Is what it is I suppose. I tried and I think I've pretty much contributed all that I've got. Hopefully a few more folks who are contemplating the rooms will find either of my books or something else like it and it will keep them from the vicious loop of lifetime recovering as opposed to overcoming their issues and moving on.