'Lightning Over a Distant Shore' is a critique of modern culture expressed in the form of epigrams, essays, poetry and prose. The work, based around the journals of the author, challenges our perceptions of society from three fundamental points: religion, scientific method and modern technology. The author says in one of his epigrams: 'We live today with the legacy left by three principle figures from history - Jesus, Newton, and the faceless technocrats and entrepreneurs of the modern technological revolution, most noteworthy of these being Mr Bill Gates. Perhaps unsurprisingly A M Sampson believes that our fundamental thinking has prevented us from addressing the real issues that threaten the very continued existence of western culture. 'The problems are glaringly obvious, but mankind remains in a state of paralysis when it comes to addressing them.' What is required suggests the author, echoing the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, is a revaluation of all values.
To this end the 'Epigrams' looks at issues surrounding: art, science, history, politics, religion, moral questions, metaphysics, ancient religions and mythology, sex, physicality, in short, virtually every topic affecting modern society from - avarice to xenophobia. Probably not since Friedrich Nietzsche, in The Genealogy of Morals has any author attempted such an honest and courageous undertaking to look inside the mind of man.