What book changed your life?

Tmart901

Pigeon
Women by Charles Bukowski easily changed my life. Yes there’s graphic sex but it’s mainly about the conscious decision to remain a nihilist when things are finally going your way. Absolutely loved this book. It felt like Bukowski was giving me permission to write a book myself. Which I did and hope to publish soon.
 

Sigmata

Newbie
My tastes in spiritual literature are eclectic and lean towards the mystical. Here are some books that have had a profound impact on me:

Autobiography of a Yogi, Paramahansa Yogananda
Bhagavad Gita
New Age Tantra Yoga, Howard John Zitko
Surfing the Himalayas, Frederick Lenz
Tao Te Ching, Stephen Mitchell Translation
The Art of War, Sun Tzu
The Desert Fathers, Helen Waddell
The Prophet, Khalil Gibran
The Revolution, Osho
Therese Neumann-Mystic and Stigmatist, Albert Vogel
 
I'm not even finished with E. Michael Jones's "Logos Rising," but it is already having a big effect on me.

It is definitely not the easiest book to read, and some chapters leave a bigger impact than others, but the content is absolutely fascinating. Even for non-Christians, it would be interesting since it talks a lot about Greek philosophy, human history, Hegel and German idealism, and more. I am currently on the chapter on Heisenberg and the science of the World War II era and it is helping to expand my intellectual perception on reality. One of the things I have been thinking about before this book is the relationship between faith and wisdom, and this book is excellent for that. Highly recommended.
 
„On Aggression“ by the Nobel price laureate Konrad Lorenz. This book discusses the biological function of aggression in both animals and humans, and it describes how the damage caused by aggression is mitigated not by suppressing but by ritualising aggression. Furthermore, Lorenz tells a multitude of fascinating stories from the animal kingdom from fish to apes.
However, that was not the reason why „On Aggression“ changed my life. In spite of attending a Catholic school, I had been educated in the liberal, leftist, constructivist and relativist attitude so prevalent all over the West. At 19, I honestly believed that man has the capability to create himself, to define good and evil and to change the world in any case way he likes.
Reading about innate, genetically determined behaviour changed all that. I understood that not only the physical world is out there, but that there is also a human nature, and that this human nature pretty much determines which morals will work and which not. And the idea that we cannot define ourselves but optimise our pre-existing nature in accordance with pre-existing laws, this idea sent me onto a path which led me, step by step, to the rejection of political correctness, socialism, all the erroneous ideas of the French Revolution and, finally, to the rejection of atheism.
Thus, this book on comparative ethology had the unexpected effect (the author was by no means particularly Christian) to trigger the transformation of a blue-pilled liberal into traditionalist Catholic.
 
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