What ye will do, and what ye will not do, is not yours to say. That matter is with me; and that we may see the matter more plainly, I, the man, have brought here a little of the Red Flower which ye, dogs, fear."
Tex said:Pride male said:I read Heart of Darkness. It was aiight, but what was so great about it?
The great qualities of the book are how he paints the environment in the Congo and the mystery of an untamed continent from a European perspective. You have to really be engaged in the book in order to see it. Conrad goes out of his way to paint Africa at the time as an exaggerated wasteland full of terror and mystery, and he does this so he can explore the themes of man confronting the worst of the world on that world's terms.
The idea of venturing deep into a mysterious, hostile continent to meet a man living on the fringes of the world lends itself well to the thought experiment in Heart of Darkness—that thought experiment being what happens when you put a man from outside the world (in other words, from industrialized Europe) back into that world to confront basic conflict without his old comforts.
Though a lot of people who read it seem to get lost in the random details about the various trading posts and interior stations and read it as a dude making a business trip in an African colony, which is easy to see.
Hannibal said:The Millionaire Fastlane. This book is the converse of ERE, it illustrates how to "make it big" and gives you a framework to work with. Very basic rundown of the book is that you work your ass off on a business model, the best ones have leverage (as in worldwide reach), don't depend on human labor, and over time use up less of your time. There are commandments but I don't remember them exactly.
The guy made his millions on a limousine driver referral website where he would find clients to refer to limousine businesses and basically take a finders fee. Over time he figured out how to program the website to run on it's own, at which point a company bought him out for a large sum of money. There's more to the story but that's a pretty good outline.
Nascimento said:A Guide to the Good Life: Stoic Joy - William Irvine
- Consider everything you have temporary - from material possessions to people - for when you inevitably lose them in life the pain won't sting as much. Added bonus is that you'll cherish that which you'll lose much more while you have it
- Negative visualization--imagine losing what you already have so that you can stop endlessly lusting for more
- Take pride in having the simplest pleasures
- It's not about living with less or being frugal. Rather it's about being able to live with less so that your well-being is not shattered when the going gets rough