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What book has had the most impact throughout your life?
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Caleb Giles
Jan 27, 2021
Reading the diverse replies to the question was interesting and inspiring. I am so grateful to have this area for the veteran community to come and share / learn from one another. Seeing so many other veterans who think deeply and read widely strongly argues against the common narrative of the damaged veteran, who still lives but has been lost to the tragedy of war. Reflecting on the question has taken me on a journey though all the great books I have read and really forced me to think: Which book is the MOST influential in my life. Several books have been significant to me at different stages, but I agree with Katherine that Atlas Shrugged has most influenced my life. I recently described the process of learning philosophy to a friend as an upgrade to your mental operating system. I think many of the great books we have all enjoyed are the same, They update your mental operating system, and even if you forget the sequence of events or the main characters, the ideas conveyed in the book stay with you. The ideas of Atlas Shrugged have shaped my political views, my ideas about personal and social responsibility, and the importance of living life in an honest way. I read Atlas Shrugged for the first time around 10 years ago, and I think I can crown it at the most influential book of my life so far because many of the ideas contained in the book have guided my actions over the last decade. One book I think we have overlooked so far in this discussion is the Bible. Whether or not you believe it, or think that it is right, the Bible has influenced the laws of our society, societal norms, and our own personal convictions in one way or another. The Bible, and other ancient texts are the "operating systems" running in the background of our society and ourselves, and I think there is great value in having at least a cursory knowledge of them. I fear that this post has gone on a little too long, but I do want to drop a couple other books I highly recommend that have been meaningful to me> Tribe Gates of fire The infinite game (Simon Sinek) The count of Monte Cristo LOTR The Eragon Trilogy The war that saved my life Daring Greatly
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What book has had the most impact throughout your life?
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Caleb Giles
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