What you'll find in this book are a series of passages that state, figuratively or analytically, what the world is. There is a full page of text for each entry, but the statement is set apart from the background. Collecting these statements started as a folly but soon enough evolved into something bordering on mania-how have the best minds of human history characterized our collective frame of existence? Are such characterizations acts of reduction, or artifacts of self-actualized understanding? If that's the case, is it possible for that understanding to be transferred to another person? Alternatively, what breed of madness leads a person to believe he can make such vast statements? Over a hundred passages spanning fourteen centuries have been hand-picked from the public domain to create the first ever survey of the grandest metonymy ever conceived.