Meant to Be

by Gerard BODIFEE

 The magnum opus of Gerard Bodifee finally translated! You can now download the English version of 'Tot Bestaan Bestemd' as an ebook via Amazon: you type in 'Bodifee' and 'Meant to Be' and for 22 dollars you immediately have the English version at home. (Het magnum opus van Gerard Bodifee eindelijk vertaald! Je kan de Engelse versie van 'Tot Bestaan Bestemd' nu downloaden als ebook via Amazon: je tikt in 'Bodifee' en 'Meant to Be' en voor 22 dollar heb je meteen de Engelse versie in huis.)

Why do I exist? Where do I come from? What is the path which links 'nothing' with 'being'? 

This book explores the path which leads from nothingness into existence. It is the route the universe has followed in its long genesis. It is also the road each human being traverses within his own limited existence because living is a creative process. 

Where do all these roads lead up to? And where do they come from? Bodifee searches for the origin of existence in order to find the goal. 

The book has three parts. The first deals with the problem of the legitimacy of human existence. On the one hand there is a sense of guilt, as expressed by Anaximander, Schopenhauer and some modern ecologists, on the other hand there is the answer by Plato and christian theologists that 'being' is identical with 'goodness'. Human being is a transient and finite being, hence it participates in goodness and knows evil because of its limitations. The consequence of this understanding is that man should expand 'being' by acting morally. 

The second part of the book is about creation, the origin of everything that exists, as conceived by modern science and by ancient myths. This includes a study of some general principles of creativity, and of the phenomenon of time, the dimension in which creative processes occur. 

The last part deals with the relation between time and eternity. As argued, time is a manifestation of the partial character of being. Hence creative processes gradually eliminate time from being. The fullness of existence is the eternal reality to which the word God refers. It is in this timeless existence that the ultimate destiny of man and of all beings is to be found.

Lucette Verboven