Author Presses Presidential Campaigns for their Plans to Overcome Death

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A survey of presidential candidate statements and websites, including the one belonging to Barack Obama, the candidate of hope, revealed no detailed plans on how they were going to tackle the problem of death. Author AR Horvath's book on the subject of hope, "Spero," explains why.

"Spero" is AR Horvath's second book in his Birth Pangs series and was officially available on October 20th, 2008. "Spero" is Latin for hope. The book explores the various forms of despair common to Man and Man's solutions to that despair: government, technology, and education. These are seen to fail when confronted with Man's ultimate problem: death.

Author and speaker, AR Horvath, says, "You'd think we'd eventually learn our lesson. We know that political rhetoric disappears once the hard wall of reality in Washington DC is hit. We are being asked to put our hope in 'change' or in 'reform' and we can't help falling for it. The truth is that no institution can follow through on all of its promises."

In Horvath's book, "Spero" there are no institutions to rely on if we wanted to. Foreign invaders conquered the United States but on account of a biological holocaust and a limited nuclear war, these invaders have been driven out. In the anarchy that remains, men and women struggle to decide what kinds of things they ought to put their hope in. Survivors set up governments, governments raise up armies, armies race to the rescue: but death looms over all.

Horvath explains, "We can save Social Security but we'll still die. We can lower taxes but we'll still die. We can vote for the candidate of hope, but we'll still die. We can vote for the war hero, but we'll still die. We can make life as great as possible, but we'll still die. Our political candidates offer no legislation out-lawing death because none of us can do anything about death. Nonetheless, death is the only problem worthy of our most concentrated attention."

Horvath concludes, "Once we see this, we realize that the only way through the 'dark night of the soul' is to recognize that only a transcendent hope can sustain us. If one doesn't exist, then no legislation can paper over the despair we ought to feel. Does one exist? I say yes."

AR Horvath's "Spero" is available in hard cover through the author's website, http://www.birthpangs.com or through Amazon.com. He is available for interviews or speaking engagements.

Here is a recent review of "Spero": http://sntjohnny.com/front/a-review-of-spero-by-jean-heimann-at-catholic-fire/385.html "Spero" is the second in the Birth Pangs Series. The first was "Fidelis."

The Birthpangs.com website is also home to a fantasy role playing game: http://www.birthpangs.com/rpg

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