Freedom Fighter's Quest Leads to New Sequel's Remarkable Inquiries
In his book, Winding Paths to Freedom, published in 2008, Roman Mac described a tough, fascinating life as a teenage Ukrainian freedom fighter during and after World War II. In Worshipers of a Politically Incorrect God he presents a sequel to his story. Here he reviews some of the events of his earlier book and adds much more on his transition to life in the West. He mentions the fears and frustrations encountered in a new environment where freedom affords opportunities for all - including enemy spies or people who want to exploit him.
Roman Mac recounts events from his days as a young guerrilla that keep haunting him and provides deep insights into the emotional turmoil that keeps him depressed. To alleviate severe anxiety over man's inhumanity to man, he searches for God's help and finds it in nature. In time, he studies writings of philosophers at Columbia University and realizes that the writings of Baruch Spinoza, a seventeenth century philosopher, which equate nature to God, are closest to his own belief. This understanding helps him alleviate some of his anxieties. While his understanding of God-Nature, Nature-God deepens, he continues to appreciate and support the traditional Christian beliefs even as some believers do not agree with his outlook.
The new freedoms the author has found in the U.S. provide him opportunities to learn about history and geopolitics, especially as it has affected his homeland. He expresses bitterness over that and brings out other governmental insensitivities, causing his anxieties to re-surface. As his reflections continue, Roman recounts his service in the U.S. Army and its proud heritage. Following his Army service, he returns to New York City where he studies music and graduates on the GI Bill. He finds that he is now better able to resist people who pressure him to get involved in clandestine operations. He pursues his musical talents and his acquired skills to repair musical instruments. In time he establishes his own business that provides him with a livelihood for life.