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One Study Guide & Plot Summary

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Plot Summary

One, by Richard Bach, is an interesting book that illustrates the importance of choice in the determination of the path that an individual's life follows. Reality is determined by choices and individuals create their own reality by the choices they make. The individual is responsible for his own choices and different choices lead to different life paths.

The book is the story of the fascinating journey that Richard and Leslie, the main characters, take. While piloting their own seaplane, the Growly, to a conference in Santa Monica, California, they have an experience while flying over Los Angeles that places them in the alternate world of spacetime. Here, the different patterns on the water represent the different or alternate lives. The two fly from place to place exploring different aspects of themselves and human nature and find that they control their own destiny through the choices they make. The individual is free to choose his own destiny or life path through the choices they make. They visit the foundry where ideas are made and see how an individual's ideas shape their life. They explore the issues that they are concerned with and are forced to confront their deepest fears, that of being separated from each other. They learn from each experience.

The book illustrates Bach's attempt to understand human nature. He sees life as a learning experience in which the individual controls his own destiny by the choices and decisions that he makes. War can be eliminated through choice. The destruction of the planet can be avoided through choice, the choices of individuals determines the outcome. Individuals can avoid war and destruction by choosing peace and love.

The book contains many philosophical discussions that will make the reader think. It is impossible for the reader to read the book and not apply some of the concepts and philosophies to his own life. Not only will the reader examine some of his own choices, but he will also pay more attention to the choices that he makes in the future, realizing their importance on his lifestyle and destiny.

One is a book that will be enjoyed by many readers as they follow the adventures of Richard and Leslie through spacetime. In many ways, it is like a fairy tale for adults. The reading is light and easy but the concepts will make the reader think, even though he may not agree with Bach's philosophy.

The book is well worth the time spent reading it. Even if the reader forgets the story, he will not forget the concepts presented in the book. The novel is recommended reading for all ages.

One is a book that will make the reader think about his own life. How would life be different if the person had made different choices. Unlike Richard and Leslie, the reader does not get to meet alternate versions of himself and see what life he would have if he had made different choices. The book will make the reader think about his own lifestyle and how it is the result of the choices that he himself has made. It will help the reader see how important choices and decision making are and to examine his own motivations and decisions. How would his life differ if he had made different choices.

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