After asserting that the West has witnessed the end of the “heroic stand on truth” that was seen in such events as the fall of the Soviet Union and the reunification of Germany, Os Guinness describes why there are “thoughts that can be thought but not lived.” Arguing that truth is something which confronts us causing us either to shape our desires according to it, or to try to reshape truth to our desires, Os Guinness gives answers to those who are either careless with truth or those who outright oppose it.