Time capsule for one (or many)


Going through some boxes from my most recent move a few months ago, I found part of my 2004. I was really into listening to books on CD at that time, so wisely tucked away a few before my last move out of state. I had stockpiled 10 pretty interesting or influential books which I instantly re-played when I found them; one after the other. I know most people probably download e-copies today, but if I can’t read a book, I’m still a bit addicted to process and love having a coffee and a country drive as part of my ritual.

I’ve take a photo (above) of four I found particularly interesting and/or relevant due to the important background information they provide to problems or issues that stay with us today. It really struck me that you could not give yourself a better introductory baptism to advanced learning than listening to, or reading these four volumes.

Bill Bryson’s A Short History of Everything does just that, lays out the incredible history of thought and science, geology, theory, everything. What impressed me the most is what incredible minds we’ve had over the past centuries such as Isaac Newton that are responsible for our daily world views today. A great way to contextualize your experience as a human being on the planet and better understand our history.

Karen Armstrong examines the origins of Christian, Jewish, and Islamic religions from their earliest origins to the myriad of battles and changes that brought them into what we know today in A History of God. The influence of Jewish mysticism and Islamic scientific traditions are not often taught in classrooms. Great stuff.

Reason by Robert Reich is a very important piece for defining what exactly a sound futuristic economy, political atmosphere, and liberalism should look like after we get over this ridiculous wanton materialism we are wading through now. Important topics for anyone wanting a better life for their children.

Finally, even though Jim Wallis struggles a bit with gay rights as a right wing Christian in his piece, God’s Politics, we’ll forgive him (it was 2004 after all) as he raises some very important subjects we all must consider if we are ever to get past this excessive me-ism and start thinking about living moral lives again. Great discussion topics for all.






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