THE ROAD MAP TO THE UNIVERSE Robert Trainor

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THE ROAD MAP TO THE UNIVERSE  by  Robert Trainor

THE ROAD MAP TO THE UNIVERSE by Robert Trainor
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Who really murdered Karen Breen? Was it her son Jeremy, her husband Dana, or Shawn Evans, Jeremy’s former best friend?Jeremy, being only twenty-three, is a bit of a brat, but at least he’s an intellectual brat. It all started on that day when he wasMoreWho really murdered Karen Breen? Was it her son Jeremy, her husband Dana, or Shawn Evans, Jeremy’s former best friend?Jeremy, being only twenty-three, is a bit of a brat, but at least he’s an intellectual brat. It all started on that day when he was killing some time in the library and picked up a book called The Road Map to the Milky Way.

As he was flipping through it in an aimless, sarcastic way, he stumbled onto a statistic that he would never forget: Most astronomers felt that the universe contained at least two hundred billion galaxies and that the average size of each galaxy was two hundred billion stars.Whoa! Such a massive figure, but what did it really mean?

For one thing, it meant that he had no significance at all and that his disappearance from the earth would obviously have no effect on the universe. He was, just like everyone else, from the President on down to the assistant janitor at the homeless shelter, way beyond irrelevant.Depressed, Jeremy walked out to his swanky Mercedes (a graduation gift from his mother) and rolled himself a joint. Might as well chill out and try to face the facts. That’s when it hit him—since everything was insignificant, it didn’t matter what he did.

What difference did it make? In a million years, everything would be exactly the same—the galaxies would stroll on with their never ending waves of annihilation, and nothing he or anyone else did would have the slightest effect. Very exhilarating! Because it meant that it was impossible to make a mistake and that choices were just bad jokes from the ego. One could toss all that self-important nonsense aside, put the car into cruise control, and glide along the superhighway of years without worrying about anything.But things become a bit complicated when Jeremy’s mother is murdered and his father is convicted of the crime and sent to prison for the rest of his life.

Still…the misfortunes of his father don’t really affect Jeremy because he had never felt any respect for him—all the guy ever seemed to do was fool around with other women behind his mother’s back. As for the loss of his mother, Jeremy just can’t be bothered with all the trite manifestations of sorrow that people feel compelled to go through when someone dies—as if death were some tragedy that only happens to a few unlucky souls.But a year later, when Shawn Evans tells the police that Jeremy was the one who actually murdered his mother, it’s difficult for Jeremy not to begin to take things seriously.

And afterwards, when Jeremy is indicted and then brought to trial, his theoretical universe of two hundred billion galaxies begins to shrink all the way down to the woeful confines of his own mind where he has to grapple with the fear of being sent to prison for the rest of his life. Very annoying, if not downright infuriating! During his time in court, Jeremy loses his metaphysical cool and not only attempts to physically attack Shawn but also amuses himself by mocking and belittling the judge.

As is often the case, it’s not very smart to defy people in authority, and Jeremy is convicted of first degree murder. But then, while the jury is being polled, an extraordinary revelation occurs—in fact, in the annals of courtroom history, it is probably a premiere.Amazingly, this courtroom revelation seems to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Jeremy’s underlying belief system has some real potential.

Because, in the end, it appears that even the murder of Jeremy’s mother is just one more example of people being seduced by a mirage, one more example that everything we experience is based on the self-aggrandizing perceptions of the ego.



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