There is an abundance of self-help books on the shelves, books with arresting titles like Slim those eyelids!, or How to Make Love to a Single, White, Male, Late-20's-to-early-30's Zoroastrian Hardware Salesman, or Become a Zillionaire in Your Spare Time! Almost any aspect of human existance has been exhaustively documented, and it would seem that all of the wisdom needed for the betterment of humankind is now available in paperback.

Yet despite this proponderance of published wisdom, humankind continues to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune. Why? Well, obviously the source of our problems doesn't lie in fat eyelids, failure at lovemaking or lack of money. Indeed, our attention to such problems has clouded our view of the larger issue of living ... how to do it. We therefore propose to put forth, in a single volume, the combined wisdom of the ages in digest form, including everything you will ever need to know, for the rest of your life.

This book was written solely to entertain. Specifically, it was written to entertain the author. However, even the most conscientious editorial efforts are subject to human fallability, and there are inevitably literary loose ends that fall through the cracks. It is not inconceivable, therefore, that, somewhere in these pages, there is some legitimate good advice. The author welcomes mail from readers, pointing out any such passages, so that they can be corrected in future editions.

Finally, on a personal note, the author has been living for more than 40 years, and hopes this guide will help others to do the same.

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