I enjoyed this collection of short essays about various people’s core beliefs. Some make you laugh, but none make you cry. They are what you may expecI enjoyed this collection of short essays about various people’s core beliefs. Some make you laugh, but none make you cry. They are what you may expect, and some are quite surprising. It starts after an explanation, then an introduction by Studs Terkel, with a Community College English teacher, Sarah Adams, and her belief in "Be Cool to the Pizza Delivery Dude."
Quite a variety of people provide their short essay on "What I Believe" Some very famous: Eleanor Roosevelt, Helen Keller, Albert Einstein, Jackie Robinson and Bill Gates. To the average every day person, professors and lawyers and everyone in between. It's a fascinating collection that makes you think about your own personal truths. The book ends, after a history of how the project started in 1951 on CBS radio, with how to write your own essay. After listening to these essays it does make you ponder at what is at your core? What is your belief? Perhaps a short 350-500 words or so is too short to encompass the entirety, but it can cut to the quick of the most important of how you live your own life.
Very enjoyable, highly recommended. Listening to audio is particularly nice since the authors all read their own essays, with a few minor exceptions - such as Albert Einstein's audio recording has been lost. There were many from the early years as well as more modern essays.
If you do feel so inclined, the website still takes submissions and you can read any and all that were submitted over the years at thisibelive.org. ...more
Somewhat technical at times, but Broome writes in a very clear and measured manner, making his arguments a little easier to follow. Learned the differSomewhat technical at times, but Broome writes in a very clear and measured manner, making his arguments a little easier to follow. Learned the difference between a person's duty of what goodnes and justice would require, and how that differs from a government's duty. Not a page turner and nothing very shocking, but glad I struggled through and read this book....more