Tuesday, 28 August 2018

Top Ten Books for Teens

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1) Gulliver's Travels

Gulliver's Travels was one of the most influential books ever written. It was a real case of the pen being mightier than the sword.

Published seven years after Daniel Defoe's wildly successful Robinson Crusoe, Gulliver's Travels may be read as a systematic rebuttal of Defoe's optimistic account of human capability. In The Unthinkable Swift: The Spontaneous Philosophy of a Church of England Man, Warren Montagargues that Swift was concerned to refute the notion that the individual precedes society, as Defoe's novel seems to suggest. Swift regarded such thought as a dangerous endorsement of Thomas Hobbes' radical political philosophy and for this reason Gulliver repeatedly encounters established societies rather than desolate islands. The captain who invites Gulliver to serve as a surgeon aboard his ship on the disastrous third voyage is named Robinson. (paragrahfic Wikipedia)

Our current crop of idiots only know Gulliver's Travels as a Disney story. It was a epochal successful attack on the Tea Party of the day. An idea expressed in print that changed history. 
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2) Lord of the Rings

There are two novels that capture the imagination of a not completely formed mind.
Lord of the Rings is my 2nd choice and Atlas Shrugged is my third.

The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs."

Lord of the Rings is a bible for atheist. In a way that will offend no one it teaches the difference between good and evil and why people should always go good. The Medium is the message. Reading forces the user to fill in many blanks and can consume way more thought than a visual presentation where all the thought has been bought and paid for.

I unappreciative Shakespeare but acknowledge he captured humanity like no one before or after because nothing has really changed. Lord of the Rings is Shakespeare for dummies.
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3)Atlas Shrugged

Okay I have to admit from the top I tried to read it and it was such driveler IMHO that I could not continue. However I must give props to the Ayn Rand for shaping the future. She struck a cord that is playing in every part of your life today. The true believers are at war with the takers and long for a time when the makers rule. Trump is a maker. The makers use simple language and allegory to convince you that inequality is the best way for humans to exist. There is no problem that can not
be contained by increased security. This is fascism plain and simple. We all know how it ends. Why even take a step down this path of nihilism.

Ed Note, yes there are 7 more to come including two guest spots and I dont know where to place them so I am going to go fourth and fifth....

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