2022

Links take you to my notes or reviews of the books.

Ishmael - Daniel Quinn

What story has Mother Culture given us and why have we accepted it?

The Giver - Lois Lowry

What happens when society tries and succeeds in removing inconvenience.

Power vs. Force: The Hidden Determinants of Human Behavior - David R. Hawkins

Without Conscience: The Disturbing World of the Psychopaths Among Us - Robert D. Hare

Memories of the Future - Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky

The Road to Evergreen: Adoption, Attachment Therapy, and the Promise of Family - Rachael Stryker

How to Win an Argument - Cicero

The United States Department of Defense Law of War Manual

The Problem of Increasing Human Energy - Nikola Tesla

A Theory of Natural Philosophy - Roger Joseph Boscovich

Eat & Run: My Unlikely Journey to Ultramarathon Greatness - Scott Jurek

The Journey of Trees:A Story About Forests, People, and the Future - Zach St. George

Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone - J.K. Rowling

The Big Sea - Langston Hughes

The Lord of the Rings - J.R.R. Tolkien

Facing Unpleasant Facts - George Orwell

The Gulag Archipelago - Alexander Solzhenitsyn

100 Poems - Seamus Heaney

Living in Truth - Vaclav Havel

I Do Not Consent: My Fight Against Medical Cancel Culture - Simone Gold

Google Leaks: A Whistleblower's Exposé of Big Tech Censorship - Zach Vorhies and Kent Heckenlively

Down to Earth: Politics in the New Climatic Regime - Bruno Latour

A Pattern Language: Towns, Buildings, Construction - Christopher Alexander, Sara Ishikawa, and Murray Silverstein with Max Jacobson, Ingrid Fiksdahl-King, and Shlomo Angel


Today is November 27, 2021.

Thankful for many things this Thanksgiving weekend.

For God, Jesus's example, for family, and the chance to fight for God and country.

Aside from the Holy Bible, on the reading list, though it isn't always immediately clear why:

Living in Truth – Vaclev Havel

"This is only natural, after all: if living within the truth is an elementary starting point for every attempt by people to oppose the alienating pressure of the system, if it is the only meaningful basis of any independent act of political import, and if, ultimately, it is also the most intrinsic existential source of the 'dissident' attitude, then it is difficult to imagine that even manifest 'dissident' could have any other basis than the service of truth, the truthful life and the attempt to make room for the genuine aims of life." Section XV of 'The Power of the Powerless'

Transcending the Levels of Consciousness – David R. Hawkins

"It is usually fruitless to try to block thought or force the mind to be still without removing its motivation and pay-off. Its motivational roots can be identified and surrendered. It is then surprisingly possible to make a decision: just do not think about anything. This is made possible by aligning with the Infinite Silence out of which thinkingness arises. It is located not between but just before the emergence of thoughts. ¶ A useful technique to bypass mentalization is that of creative visualization in which the desired goal is envisioned and held in mind periodically. Potentiality tends to manifest when conditions are favorable, and intention (plus karmic propensities) is a contextual influence. In ordinary mentation, logic and sequence are seen as causal and also needful of effort. Envisioning is influential on outcome by entirely different (and easier) mechanisms."

Memories of the Future – Sigizmund Krzhizhanovsky

"People move about in space. From any point to any point. They ought to also move through time: from any point to any point. Now that, I tell you, would be a walk!"