I really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want soI really disliked this book. I dislike it in the way that I dislike a great deal of modern self help books. Their basic message is that if you want something to happen, you need to want it as hard as you can, without caring about anything else, not allowing yourself to doubt it, or let criticisms will get in the way then it will happen. I disagree with this notion, not only because it is false, but because it is bad. Just because we desire something, does not make it good. This idea of 'following your heart' is often wrong. Who are we to be the arbiters of truth? Why should our hearts be sources of information that go beyond logic, doubt and reasoning? Haven't we all desired things that have turned out to not be in our best interest, or to be harmful to others? Andrew Jackson was a man known to have a lot of integrity. He was always 'true' to himself and followed his heart. Andrew Jackson is the man who initiated the 'Trail of Tears'. Moving Native Americans from their homes and into reservations. Next, this idea of not letting ourselves doubt or consider doubts. This is a terrible and dishonest way to live. If we don't consider doubts, and entertain them often, then we are deliberately blinding ourselves. Deliberately making ourselves ignorant. If someone doesn't give serious consideration to the idea that they may be wrong. Give serious thought to why they believe what they do, and that perhaps those who doubt them may be correct, then they are behaving in a dangerous and dishonest way. Not giving heed to the concerns doubts and criticisms of others is something I believe is a major fault in modern society. Often, people fail to recognize the needs of the group and the community. We place so much emphasis on the needs and rights of the individual. This causes people to focus so much on themselves to the detriment of others around them. At times, it can be beneficial to go against the group, but one should first give serious consideration to the groups concerns.
According to Ideas like the Alchemist, groups like, the Westboro Baptist Church,(godhatesfags.com) should be seen as American heroes. These are people who take a totally irrational stance, and stick to it as hard as they can in complete defiance to the views of everyone around them. ...more
There are few works of fiction I truly love, and this book was one. Also, I read it at a time when I was falling in love with a girl, so the romanticThere are few works of fiction I truly love, and this book was one. Also, I read it at a time when I was falling in love with a girl, so the romantic aspect was something I was able to feel strongly. I then recommended it to the girl I was falling in love with, and she said she couldn't help but imagine me as the man and her as the girl. So the book also carries a certain sentimental weight. But beyond that I felt it was a literary masterpiece. Yes the idea was clever, and the narrative well done, but it was full of depth and insight. As well as one of the few works of fiction where I actually really liked the characters. Beyond them just being likable people, but liked and thought I would enjoy being friends with them. The only parts I didn't care for were the dream sequences. I generally don't enjoy hearing dreams discussed in real life, and in fiction, particularly if it isn't some magical dream that ends up affecting real life, descriptions of dreams are the zenith of tedium. Fortunately, since it was a book, I was able to skim over the dreams....more