Having recently crossed the threshold of two decades passing since the awarding of my Baccalaureate, I've recently taken to rereading some of the more memorable volumes I first encountered as a student of philosophy. Currently I'm taking a more nuanced stroll through Bertrand Russell's "Marriage and Morals" and am finding it even more prescient and insightful for our current times than I did 20+ years ago. I still marvel at how he was able to arrive at those conclusions back when it was first published in 1929. Russell takes a lot of well-deserved flack for just how unpolitically correct he was even for his own generation to say nothing of the much greater extent that he appears tone deaf when read today, but he's still one of the best reads in the field from the modern era for my money when it comes to communicating the logic that led to his hypotheses.
I also want to give an honorable mention to another gem from my recent rereads, and that's for "Things Hidden Since the Foundation of the World" by René Girard. That one really spoke to a lot of the nihilistic thoughts that had crept into my daily thinking during the four years of the most recent former U.S. President's term of office. I don't know that it made me any more hopeful, sadly, but I do feel like it allowed me a better understanding of the motivations of those vast numbers of people who identify with lines of reasoning I believe border on unconscionable (authoritarianism, racial insensitivity, governmental ethics, et al.).
Great question. I am reading "The British industrial revolution in global perspective" by Robert Allen. The thought that currently stays with me is how Silicon Valley today seems to be like Great Britain in 1760 to 1840, where British engineers developed "every ingenious improvements" such as the steam engine.
"Meditations" by Marcus Aurelius (Hays translation) "Yes, keep on degrading yourself, soul. But soon your chance at dignity will be gone. Everyone gets one life. Yours is almost used up, and instead of treating yourself with respect, you have entrusted your own happiness to the souls of others.
@swaldy Well, it is said that through meditation you can unlock your potential to its fullest. The mind and its consciousness is very vast and what you can achieve if you know how to harness it is enormous.
@swaldy That's thought provoking. Although, I'd say after reading my share of self-help books I think it boils down to how much you can stay in the present as opposed to letting yourself be ruled by your post and constant worries about the future. This expectation to be zen is unrealistic, the most we can do is to be kind to ourselves and like the book suggests, not to burden ourselves with the need for constant external validation.
"Margin of Safety" by Seth A. Klarman. It's a great book for those who start investing and want to know more about value investing. It's written extremely consistent and logical. I definitely recommend it.
Rethink - The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know by Adam Grant. The thought that will stay with me - embrace the experience of being wrong, it means you learned something! Be a scientist not a prosecutor, preacher, or politician.
@michaelnle Incredible. Very relatable too, indeed. But today I believe it's not just about getting started but the decision fatigue that arises when thinking about what to get started on. There's so much out there that the real struggle has been to pick the struggle that you are willing to take.
Currently reading Antifragile by Nassim Taleb. Part of it is repetitive and I skip it. But made me more aware of my patterns/habits (good and bad). I'm now more conscious about trying to break them and see what happens.
@katerinabohlec I think by far the best book I have read on habits has to be Atomic Habits by James Clear - it's concise and can be read in one sitting. Although its something you'd want to keep picking up
@katerinabohlec Antifragile is tied for the spot of "best book I've ever read" and I didn't relate much (or any) of it to habits. Interesting that personal pattern/habit recognition was something you got out of it. Guess I'll be reading it again!
@zahscr For me, habits are stuff we do routinely. That means no variations from day-to-day. Certain habits make sense (e.g., brushing your teeth). But what about other habits? How will my productivity change if I, on one random day, don't drink coffee in the morning? It's just easier to stick to your (good and bad) habits. Less decision-making.