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    What books have influenced your world view the most and how?
    "You will always be fond of me. I represent to you all the sins you never had the courage to commit."

    Reason is, and ought only to be the slave of the passions, and can never pretend to any other office
    than to serve and obey them. - David Hume

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    The History of Childhood

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    What books have influenced your world view the most and how?
    "The History of Childhood", by Lloyd deMause because is provides the psychological underpinnings for liberal democracy.

    It explains the telos of the West.

    And it predicts our next step.

    For instance, it predicts that our sleeper at the moment is child sexual abuse in Pakistani madrasa.

    At the moment our attention is taken up by child sexual abuse in Catholicism, but Catholicism is not our major threat, rather totalitarian Islam has declared war on liberal democracy, and so far we can't even find words to describe totalitarian Islam.

    But, "The History of Childhood", puts totalitarian Islam in context and gives us words with which to fight back.

    Also it shows us the way forward from sacrificial child rearing, from abusive child rearing and from authoritarian child rearing to the helping mode of child rearing where we help our children achieve their goals.

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    This is a good one. I always think about it when I see the original Time Machine film, the guy when he goes back to the future takes only three or four books to an age which has no books anymore. I can never decide, I've read so, so many books.
    All for ourselves, and nothing for other people, seems, in every age of the world, to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind.
    Chapter IV, p. 448. - Adam Smith, Book 3, The Wealth of Nations

    whether or not you credit psychoanalysis itself, the fact remains that we all must, to the greatest extent possible, understand one another's minds as our own; the very survival of humanity has always depended on it. - Open Culture

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