Books for guys that actually like to read: Self-ImprovementPosted: January 27, 2012
since last week i covered isolation and being alone, i figured this week i’d cover 2 tomes from the old library dealing with self-improvement. i decided i’d pick one book i try to read every year, and the other is by far the most difficult book i’ve ever tackled, but WELL worth the effort. so let’s get started.
1. Meditations- by Marcus Aurelius. yes, THE Marcus Aurelius (the roman emperor) believed to have been written around 907. the fact that the book can still be relevant to a man’s moral fiber and personality is epic to me. it’s VERY easy to read and you can burn through it in about 3-4 hours. honestly, you can pick it up, open it, and read something truly profound. do yourself a favor and give it a run. if i have a son, i’m going to make him read this book
2. Thus Spoke Zarathustra- by Friedrich Nietzsche. OK. bear with me. i am a practicing Catholic. i was initially put-off with the “God is dead” aspect of this book, but a friend who spent 3 year’s in Catholic seminary school suggested it. then i ended up in Academia at UNO and i took ethics as a precursor to health ethics. my prof was fucking genius. he’s the one the mentioned this book as well and the whole aspect of “man surpassing the best he’s capable of” appealed to me. i’m not going to lie it took me 2-3 months to read this, it’s the second most difficult book i’ve ever tackled (first being Foucalt’s Pendulum….think ‘the da vinci code’ for people with intellect). i had to read and re-read it and i won’t pretend i understand every single line. i don’t. but the prose in it is beautiful. i HIGHLY recommend this one.
honorable mentions: Siddhartha by-Herman Hesse and The Book of Five Rings by- Miyamoto Musashi.
this weekends music will be supplied by Deerhunter from the Athens, Ga area. enjoy.