Cover of the book “La vida avanza en espiral” by Norbert Bilbeny

Life Advances Spirally. Conversations on Ethics with my Grandson

Mario, approaching retirement, receives an unexpected visit from his grandson. In the ensuing discussion they exchange thoughts, advice, family secrets, experiences and relevant digressions concerning that which is good and that which is bad, personal responsibility, identity, consciousness, sickness and finitude. The shadow of a recent suicide in the family hovers over both men, and Mario reminds his grandson that, as Camus used to say, suicide is the only important philosophical problem… and the first option that we should discard.