I am pleased to have written two books and am currently writing two more on interesting subjects. The first, critically acclaimed, Deep Dive was published in 2020. The second, Zeitgeist Chronicles is available now!
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This book is a collection of essays on topics concerning the existence of mankind on Earth. Essay authors have been chosen to write personal essays on areas of their expertise or interest. How did we get here? Why are we here? What are we/me doing here? Where we going from here? These are the existential questions we will explore. They all have to do with our existence on Earth. Will we definitively answer them for you?
No. That’s impossible—for many reasons. But we will try to help you answer them for yourself. How we got here, why we are here, and where are we going from here, is merely conjecture. Atheists (those who do not believe in God) will say that our being here is merely the confluence of chance, matter, and time. Theists (those who believe in God) believe that we are human manifestations in the image of God, the creator of all things. Their differences of opinion are a matter of debate for another forum, so we will leave those questions for scientists, philosophers, and religious scholars.
We will focus on what we are doing here, because that is the most answerable by using provable, factual data. We have a pretty good idea of what we are doing here, because our collective, human actions have historical imprints and attendant consequences. Those actions, over time, also result in verifiable change: change to humankind, the planet Earth, and all living things on Earth. Those changes are often referred to as evolution. But, contrary to popular belief, human evolution is not on a vertical line of continual improvement, since there are periods of growth and decline over millions of years. While scientific evolution is incremental (built upon previous knowledge), human evolution is not, because the human experience is an ongoing experiment.
Maybe the better question is: Why are we doing what we are doing here? Another way to phrase that is asking the question: What is our collective purpose? Then, Diving Deeper, we occasionally ask ourselves about our individual purpose. Our book is, therefore, a Self-Socratic Endeavor—an exploration of ourselves by questioning the choices we make in our lives. A byproduct of ”What is mankind doing and why?” is “What are the impacts of what we are doing here on Earth?” We will be discussing both— our individual purpose and impact.
Then, we will Dive Deeper to understand collective, societal purpose and impact.
These questions led to the idea for this book, which I am writing for my kids and their kids: Never stop exploring. Always be curious. Seek adventure. Work together.
The essays in this book will discuss those issues and components of human nature, behavior, relationships, emotions, motivations, and contexts. While we will explore these endeavors as objectively as possible, we also acknowledge our limitations, and that our point of view comes from a western, first world perspective.
We want this book to flow like a metaphor of scuba ving at night. Deep Dive will be our metaphysical and quasi-aquatic journey together.
First, as with a safety briefing on a boat before the dive, I will introduce myself: Introduction and Biographies.
Then I will outline the plan for the dive—what we can expect to see, the obstacles to inhibit seeing everything, and limitations from seeing it all clearly: Potential Impediments
Then, we will enter the water and descend together. We will follow my flashlight to focus on things and make new discoveries together. And you will use your flashlight to see things that I may have missed or discover them on your own: Essays.
Near the end of the dive, we will settle on the bottom, turn our lights off, and just breathe, think, and be: Reflections.
Then, we will ascend together. When we reach the surface, the water will wash from our masks. We will be coming from a place of dynamic exploration, new discoveries, deep peace and a sense of knowing ourselves—and be in awe of the human experience, nature, and the entire galaxy as it opens itself up to our eyes like the first time: Refreshed. Rejuvenated. Reinvented.
Extending the metaphor transcending Deep Dive, he has developed an innovative partnership to help save our oceans, and by extension our planet: 100% of Deep Dive - Existential Essays for Personal Transformation proceeds (after production expenses*) will go to Coral Reef Restoration.
*After 600 paperback books are sold via Amazon, $2.25 of each book sale will be donated.
Like fine wine, this book should be consumed slowly to appreciate nuance and subtle notes.
About the author:
From womb to swimming at 2, Airborne Paratrooper as a teenager, Deep-Sea Scuba Instructor with thousands of dives in 20's, wearing a different suit as a partnership marketing and business executive until 50, followed by luxury resort manager in Belize, to graduate school, to published author; Dan Beeman never stops exploring! He uses his passion for aquatic endeavors and our oceans to weave the introspective journey into a cohesive book meant to help personal transformation while helping save our planet. www.danbman.com
About Coral Reef Restoration
The Coral Reef Alliance (CORAL) is a non-profit, environmental NGO that is on a mission to save the world’s coral reefs. We work collaboratively with communities to reduce direct threats to reefs in ways that provide long-term benefits to people and wildlife. In parallel, CORAL is actively expanding the scientific understanding of how corals adapt to climate change and is applying this information to give reefs the best chance to thrive for generations to come. Our broad expertise uniquely positions us to rally the conservation community around scalable and effective solutions for coral reefs around the world. www.coral.org