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Siddhartha, By Herman Hesse – Steppenwolf woke me up to what I was feeling inside. I used to tell girls I was dating that if you wanted to know me, read that book. None of them ever did. As much as I could relate to Steppenwolf, it was Siddhartha that changed my life. Not only did Siddhartha first introduce me to Buddhism, and Hinduism, but it also taught me that to truly live life is to seek, not to find. Finding creates anxiety until it is found, while one can seek just about anything. It is this seeking that leads to adventure and ultimately life experience. I read this book at least once a year and it never gets old.
Essays, By Ralph Waldo Emerson – While you can learn from every essay in this book, On Self-Reliance is worth any price tag you would pay. The opening line for the essay grabs you and sets the tone.
“Ne te quaesiveris extra”
It is a Latin line, meaning “Do not seek outside yourself”
The essay has three major divisions: the importance of self-reliance (paragraphs 1-17), self-reliance and the individual (paragraphs 18-32), and self-reliance and society (paragraphs 33-50). As a whole, it promotes self-reliance as an ideal, even a virtue, and contrasts it with various modes of dependence or conformity. All three epigraphs stress the necessity of relying on oneself for knowledge and guidance which I whole heartedly agree with.
On Benefits, by Lucius Annaeus Seneca – Seneca was the ultimate philosopher. He was a seeker, a questioner, a life experimenter. If you feared something for example, he advocated experiencing it on your own terms rather than having life dictate it to you and finding you totally unprepared. In this book, he dissects the following: The prevalence of ingratitude, how a benefit ought to be bestowed, the three Graces, how benefits are the chief bond of human society, what we owe in return for a benefit received, and how a benefit consists not of a thing but of the wish to do good. And that’s just the first book.
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