There a Book Meme running around that I found interesting.
1. One book that changed your life:
The Roots of American Order by Russell Kirk. It taught me the value of tradition and order in society. Overthrowing an established regime or practice is harmful to a people since that practice grew out of an agreement between the people, even if unconsciously and unspoken. He writes that all nations have an unwritten constitution, which is actually more important than the written one since it’s the one they live by. It aught to resist ideology and utopianism, since they are all doomed to lead to despotism. All changes in a society must be organic rather than imposed if they are to be successful. For this reason, ideology must give way to practice, whether the ideology is socialism communism, libertarianism, progressivism, or a bastardized form of conservatism. True conservatism is the “negation of ideology,” where what’s the best policy in a vacuum gives way, when necessary, to the realities of the current societal situation and its development.
2. One book that you’ve read more than once:
It’s been a while since I read a book more than once. I’ll go with the Foundation series by Isaac Asimov. I found the collapse of the Galactic Empire and the use of mathematical studies to reduce the interregnum until a peaceful existence could be rebuilt fascinating. (The genesis of the idea came from Asimov’s reading of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire.)
Writing this after writing the first answer makes me want to go back and read the Foundation series from a conservative point of view now. (By the way, I thought all the books after the original trilogy were inferior. Very disappointed in them, as Asimov put telling the Foundation’s story behind joining all of his works into one “universe”.)
3. One book you’d want on a desert island:
Total BaseballSo long, I’ll never get through it. Looking up one player prompts thoughts of another player. I’ve spent hours just flipping through it based of associations like that.
4. One book that made you laugh:
The Umpire Strikes Back by Ron Luciano The book was so popular that an umpire wrote two(!) sequels to his life story. Read it a number of times as a kid. My friends and I loved it.
5. One book that made you cry:
Me man. Me no cry. (Seriously, never cried from a book.)
6. One book that you wish had been written:
One that will actually explain what women are thinking.
7. One book that you wish had never been written:
My first thought was The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, but I realized that it’s just used to justify already existing anti-Semitism, more than make converts. I’m going to go with the Koran, which creates a false image of God, denies the divinity of his Son and started a war that still rages almost 1500 years later. The damage this book caused will likely continue until Christ comes again.
8. One book you’re currently reading:
I am actually not in the middle of a book right now. I just finished Give me a Break by John Stossel, which was surprisingly good. My next book will likely be one of the following:
Myths, Lies, and Downright Stupidity: Get Out the Shovel–Why Everything You Know is Wrong by John Stossel
John Adams by David McCullough
The Imitation of Mary by Alexander De Rouville
9. One book you’ve been meaning to read:
The Conservative Mind by Russell Kirk. The book that started it all back in the 50s, making obvious the intellectual support for conservatism.
10. Tag five others.
Rather than tagging 5, it’s the DCBA’s turn. If they feel like it.