The Books That Changed My Life
April 11, 2019
Written words have a unique ability to change people’s lives in ways spoken words cannot. These are a few of the books that have had meaningful impact on me.
I firmly believe that each of us has our own set of fascinations, and it’s in the best interest of ourselves, and the people around us, to relentlessly and tirelessly pursue what excites us. Consequently, I give the traditionally backward advice to only read what piques your interest before you branch out into what doesn’t initially interest you — especially if you are not a “reader. It’s more important to build a love and habit of reading than it is to branch out into what you may feel a duty or obligation to learn.
The Coddling of the American Mind
This book focuses on the “three untruths” prevalent in many first-world countries today — especially the U.S.A. “What doesn’t kill me makes me weaker,” “always trust your feelings,” and “life is a battle between good and evil people.”
At the end of the day, liberals, conservatives, and society at large, are simply looking for how to improve our own individual lives. The authors acknowledge this shared goal across groups and offer some great universal advice:
- Humanize your opponents.
- When someone disagrees with you or tries to exclude you from their “circle,” draw a bigger circle around them (like MLK) and appeal to their shared sense of humanity.
This is currently my most-gifted book, and I highly recommend it if you, like me, are tired of feeling like you always have to choose between two extreme, often unreasonable, sides to every issue. It revealed a lot of faulty thinking in myself that I thought I was impervious to as well. Overall, a fantastic read.