I have two books to recommend, that everyone should read at least three times over the course of their life, with five years or so between times. The first is by S.I. Hayakawa, "Language in Thought and Action." Because nothing is more important in knowing what's what and what to do about it than language--as we use it and as it is used by others in relation to us. I read it the first time in 1979, in Amory, Mississippi, when I was just a sprout of a guy, and it has been of immense importance in helping me find my way. The other book is the fourth in the series of "The Masks of God," by Joseph Campbell. It is titled, "Creative Mythology," and is about the work of individuation, Carl Jung's term for becoming who we are and doing what is ours to do. (While we are talking, if you are into the history of religion worldwide, Campbell's third volume in the Masks series is "Occidental Mythology, and is beautifully done) We are on our own when it comes to finding our life and living it. What passes for religion is about believing in Jesus and waiting for heaven when we die, which makes it worse than useless, in that it actually interferes with our efforts to get to the heart of the matter while we are still able to do something about it. Campbell is a worthy guide, and "Creative Mythology" is an excellent place to begin.
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Many thanks for the tips: I will take a look at those books!
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