Stefan Stenudd
Stefan Stenudd
About me
I'm a Swedish writer of fiction and non-fiction books in both Swedish and English. I'm also an artist, a historian of ideas and an aikido instructor.


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Cosmos of the Ancients, by Stefan Stenudd.

Cosmos of the Ancients
The Greek philosophers and what they thought about cosmology, myth, and the gods, by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Tao Te Ching - The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained, by Stefan Stenudd.
Tao Te Ching
The Taoism of Lao Tzu Explained. The great Chinese classic, translated and extensively commented by Stefan Stenudd. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Life Energy Encyclopedia, by Stefan Stenudd.
Life Energy Encyclopedia
by Stefan Stenudd. Qi, prana, spirit, and other life forces around the world explained and compared. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

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Occasionally I Contemplate Murder, by Stefan Stenudd.

Occasionally I Contemplate Murder 3

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I n this world of contradiction and confusion, murder is something quite substantial. Yet it's not, I must state, the kind of contemplation I altogether approve of.

Some of its aspects, I would without hesitation proclaim in the largest and most unassorted of crowds. Others, though, are a bit more delicate.

Still, unexceptionably interesting.

Those lines of thoughts aren't always encouraging. On the other hand, what lines of thoughts are?

When scrutinized carefully, our world seems to have a number of flaws. One wouldn't have too hard a time coming up with ideas for improving it, I guess.

On the other hand, that's not a waterproof reason for condemning it.

There are many aspects of murder. The very first question may be: how can people at all be able to kill each other?

If we're to give the theory of evolution any credibility, we must ponder this some. Why would a species come up with, and seemingly forever keep, the habit of killing among its own? In a world full of dangers, it must be regarded as overdoing things.

I mean - would a parachuter let himself fall as close to the ground as the laws of aerodynamics allow him to, before it's of fatal necessity to pull the string?

Would a diver stay underwater until he has sucked the last breath of oxygen from his tubes, and would a motorcyclist enter a curve of the road with the maximum speed he believes himself able to handle?

Yes, they would.

Darwin must have missed something. If the strongest instinct of any species is to protect itself from extinction, then mankind acts from a malady, which must surely have had all the chances to be deleted by evolution.

It's a paradox, a most disturbing anomaly of Darwinism, that a species would fondle such dangerous habits. Yet, we obviously do.

Darwin himself might have stated that murder is yet another way of the species, however risky, to accomplish the survival of the fittest. Still I wonder, is it really the fittest who holds the knife, and the less fitting who momentarily sheathes its sharp blade in his own flesh?

Indeed, I doubt it - if we're not to regard the murderer as the fittest by virtue of his deed alone.

Well, all the princes of the Renaissance would certainly cheer in accordance with such a system of merit. As Mussolini, a somewhat misplaced member of their community, reasoned:

Whoever gets the power, has thus proven his right to it.

Perchance, he who takes the lives of others thereby proves the right to his own? It's the law of the bully. The supremacy of the savage.

Some of us would certainly be attracted to such a world, and it does definitely make good action cinema.

A savage kingdom could, if nothing else, be sort of sexy.

W ouldn't such an order of things start quite a messy rally, around the world!

And one day, there he'd stand, the very prime of mankind. Screaming like a Conan the Barbarian, with bloodstained hands stretching towards the sky, and his feet sunk knee deep into a mount of corpses.

Hail the ultimate man!

How come he hears no praise?

No, it doesn't work like that. Murder's got nothing to do with evolution.

Death, on the other hand, probably does. Death has many roles. But murder - no. Nature didn't invent it, nor did any God. Man did.

Sort of.


How to get the book

If you want to buy the book, you can do so at most international web based bookstores, such as Amazon and the like. Here are links to the book on Amazon US and Amazon UK. Use the latter if you are European - then you get the book cheaper and quicker. Otherwise, you may want to buy it at Amazon US.

At Amazon US: Murder, by Stefan Stenudd - at Amazon US.
At Amazon UK: Murder, by Stefan Stenudd - at Amazon UK.

Now also a Kindle ebook:
Murder - Kindle ebook

Occasionally I Contemplate Murder
by Stefan Stenudd 2006, 2011
Paperback, 124 pages
ISBN: 978-91-7894-050-9

More books by Stefan Stenudd

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My Fiction Books

All's End, science fiction novel by Stefan Stenudd.

All's End

Science fiction novel about a quest through the universe for a perfect world. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.

Occasionally I Contemplate Murder, by Stefan Stenudd.

Occasionally I Contemplate Murder

Thoughts on life, death, and the meaning of it all, explored by anecdotes and mythological fragments. Click the image to see the book at Amazon.