Cover and Pre-Preface (Iron, not Wood)

The original book cover and pre-preface PDF is hyperlinked below at the bottom (click on blue text):

Cover and Pre-Preface (Iron, not Wood)

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The poem “Iron, not Wood” just before the table of contents, toward the end of the PDF, is where the title of the book and website originated from. I excluded the preface because, frankly, I wish I could rewrite it. As I wrote in the preface (which should’ve been more serious):

“The poem ‘Iron, not Wood’ is clearly metaphorical, where Iron represents love, strong and enduring, and Wood embodies the pursuit of a purely hedonistic life of pleasure, and the dangers therein.  At times I’ve lived my life in a wooden box, thriving on seeking pleasure. Lots and lots of pleasure. But this evaporates like vapor.  Love is the only thing worth pursuing, and the only thing that endures beyond ourselves. We can feel a calm and serenity when we’re guided by a path to love. We may be transient creatures – all of us certain to perish – but love can endure and it is the essence of our soul.  And it is this duality, the transient nature of this existence, where we seek the Wood in our lives, and the enduring quality of searching for Iron that forges and defines our eternal consciousness.  It is the Iron in our lives that transcends our existence, from merely here and now, to something lasting and permanent.”