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Can A Book Change Your Life?  
User currently offlinenazgul From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2012, 46 posts, RR: 0
Posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 987 times:

Hello

I'm a bit of a newbie to airliners.net. However, I didn't realise there was a random thread where you can post random topics.

So, I am an English and History student and for the purpose of research only, I pose a question:

"Have a you ever read a novel or any type of text that has had an effect on your life and did it lead you to make changes in your life?"

Just wondering?

Cheers and happy flying  

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User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10237 posts, RR: 26
Reply 1, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 982 times:
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Quoting nazgul (Thread starter):
has had an effect on your life

Yes.

Quoting nazgul (Thread starter):
did it lead you to make changes in your life

In combination with other factors, yes. A book alone, probably not.



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User currently offlineB747forever From Sweden, joined May 2007, 17119 posts, RR: 10
Reply 2, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 973 times:

Quoting nazgul (Thread starter):
"Have a you ever read a novel or any type of text that has had an effect on your life and did it lead you to make changes in your life?"

Well you do have religion...



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User currently offlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5727 posts, RR: 10
Reply 3, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 970 times:

Quoting nazgul (Thread starter):
"Have a you ever read a novel or any type of text that has had an effect on your life and did it lead you to make changes in your life?"

Yes, absolutely: "Desiderata"
http://www.cs.columbia.edu/~gongsu/desiderata_textonly.html

It was one of those things that really hit me at a time when I really needed internal assurance that I was "OK".

Quoting nazgul (Thread starter):
I'm a bit of a newbie to airliners.net. However, I didn't realise there was a random thread where you can post random topics.

Welcome to "The Pit"! Good luck..... 

Tugg

[Edited 2013-02-12 17:35:07]


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User currently offlineiFlyLOTs From United States of America, joined Apr 2012, 491 posts, RR: 0
Reply 4, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 970 times:

Yeah, as the others have said I have probably but it has to be combined with other things to have changed my life.


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User currently offlinenazgul From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2012, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 5, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 970 times:

I'm not plagiarising an essay topic by the way (it's paraphrased)...Just in case I get an A for this..LOL :-P

Thanks for your opinion. I am just wondering if reading any text can positively/negatively change the way a person leads their life. I don't know if that can be the leading factor either but perhaps it can be combined with other life factors.

 


User currently offlinenazgul From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2012, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 6, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 962 times:

I hadn't really brought any religious texts into the argument....but thanks. My grade has just gone up a mark. LOL  

No, seriously, I hadn't thought of that!!! Amazing argument/stance to take and I am sure that has impacted on many.


User currently offlinevikkyvik From United States of America, joined Jul 2003, 10237 posts, RR: 26
Reply 7, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 957 times:
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Quoting nazgul (Reply 5):
I am just wondering if reading any text can positively/negatively change the way a person leads their life. I don't know if that can be the leading factor either but perhaps it can be combined with other life factors.

Why couldn't it be the leading factor?



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User currently offlinenazgul From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2012, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 15 hours ago) and read 945 times:

"It cannot be the leading factor because the thought for change is already in existence and the text purely fuels the change within the individual and affirms that one is actually using an external source to justify such changes." Perhaps?

User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12837 posts, RR: 25
Reply 9, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 942 times:

Surely books can.

Heck, there was one sentence one teacher said to me that changed my life. I won't go into the whole story but I was finishing high school and had opportunities to go to the military, a trade school or a university, and one thing she said, and the way she said it, totally made me change the path I was on.

I consider myself to have had a "spiritual awakening" around 20 years ago and there were a hand full of books that were a big part of that.



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User currently offlinetugger From United States of America, joined Apr 2006, 5727 posts, RR: 10
Reply 10, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 938 times:

Quoting nazgul (Reply 5):
I am just wondering if reading any text can positively/negatively change the way a person leads their life.

Well we are known to be unique among species because we can read and learn (and change via just that. We can learn via communication that is not "action" or reward oriented nor trial and error (which is what most all other species utilize to learn and pass on knowledge).

Tugg



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User currently offlinenazgul From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2012, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 11, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 931 times:

Tugg,

Your argument is completely true and one which I am trying to bring into the discussion.

Thanks by the way a.netters for giving me inspiration on an all night essay writing scenario.

 


User currently offlinenazgul From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2012, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 12, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 913 times:

Pavlov and his dog came to mind when you mentioned your thoughts. Was it Pavlov or the Skinner box, I can't quite remember? Anyway, learning techniques.  

User currently offlineAR385 From Mexico, joined Nov 2003, 6449 posts, RR: 32
Reply 13, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 904 times:
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Sure.

My Universty textbooks changed mine. I can point to some more than others, but in general it´s hard to have a University education (which greatly changes your life) without textbooks.

Same can be said of my Post-Graduate education textbooks.


User currently offlinenazgul From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2012, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 14, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 894 times:

14 hours and counting until deadline...could do with the engines of a 77L right now!!  

Yes, of course getting a university education will change your life and views but did one single text make you think so much that you had to completely change your life? Or maybe two texts? Lol  

Perhaps they just had an impact?


User currently offlineN172DM From United States of America, joined Jul 2012, 115 posts, RR: 0
Reply 15, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 887 times:

An interesting question. I agree with what some of the others are saying. A book, maybe not by its self, but in combination with other events in your life. For example, a friend of mine was going through a tough time in life(school, break ups, and a death in the family on top of that.) But he said a book he read was very inspirational, I forget what it was, and it helped him to get motivated and overcome the obstacles in his life. He blames the book for his happiness now.

Cheers,
Danny



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User currently offlinenazgul From United Kingdom, joined Oct 2012, 46 posts, RR: 0
Reply 16, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 13 hours ago) and read 870 times:

Thank you for your responses folks.

One also thinks that any kind of writing can influence a person (the use of the word one is due to the fact that a person writing for educational purposes does not want to be used in quote or mistaken for undertaking false and unquoted research.....basically covering myself.. .....).

Cheers


User currently offlineAeroWesty From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 20782 posts, RR: 62
Reply 17, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 840 times:

Quoting nazgul (Thread starter):
"Have a you ever read a novel or any type of text that has had an effect on your life and did it lead you to make changes in your life?"

Two:

1) If— by Rudyard Kipling. It changed my perspective on many things.

2) In the late 1970s, the local paper picked up a feature story on the wire entitled "20 Great Books, Read and Unread". The Associated Press (I believe it was) had selected 20 great books of all time. Then they sent out the list to prominent individuals of the day asking how many each had read. I recall that Teddy Kennedy was the only one to have claimed to have read all 20 on the list. I had my clipping of that article saved for a long time, don't know what happened to it now. It did encourage me to begin reading classic texts which I hadn't been exposed to in school.

One may think, bah, that's not life changing. Well, I think it is. It gives one cultural intelligence of sorts that you have to piece together by yourself. A life-long work.



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User currently offlinemariner From New Zealand, joined Nov 2001, 25521 posts, RR: 86
Reply 18, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 10 hours ago) and read 805 times:
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Quoting nazgul (Thread starter):
"Have a you ever read a novel or any type of text that has had an effect on your life and did it lead you to make changes in your life?"

"Last Exit to Brooklyn" by Hubert Selby Jr. It's a dark, disturbing (and sometimes very funny) work.

I don't know if it changed my life but it certainly changed my attitude to life, to urban culture and to what was possible in literature, and in prose.

I became a writer later, and while I work in a completely different style, with different themes, I owe a lot to that book.

It was part of the journey of discovery of who I am, I guess, just as working in a mortuary when I was a student had been and managing a strip club when I first went to Australia - all opened my eyes to my view of the human condition.

mariner

[Edited 2013-02-12 22:12:38]


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User currently offlinepetertenthije From Netherlands, joined Jul 2001, 3386 posts, RR: 12
Reply 19, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 8 hours ago) and read 769 times:

Plenty of people were/have killed in the name of various holy books, do That'd rather a life changer.

But I would say everyone's life here was changed and influenced by books. Just go back to elementary school. What was the primary tool used to teach you reading, calculus, history etc... Look no further then books. Imagine there were no books and all of humanity's knowledge had to be passed to the next generation by word of mouth. We'd still be in the middle ages, and would probably not go much beyond that.



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User currently offlineRevelation From United States of America, joined Feb 2005, 12837 posts, RR: 25
Reply 20, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 4 days 1 hour ago) and read 720 times:

Quoting petertenthije (Reply 19):
Plenty of people were/have killed in the name of various holy books

Sadly true, but also, IMHO, many have benefited from various holy books. Personally I think there's a lot of profound wisdom and poetic expression in the various holy books I've read.

One quick example:

Quote:

1 Corinthians 13
King James Version (KJV)

13 Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal.

2 And though I have the gift of prophecy, and understand all mysteries, and all knowledge; and though I have all faith, so that I could remove mountains, and have not charity, I am nothing.

3 And though I bestow all my goods to feed the poor, and though I give my body to be burned, and have not charity, it profiteth me nothing.

4 Charity suffereth long, and is kind; charity envieth not; charity vaunteth not itself, is not puffed up,

5 Doth not behave itself unseemly, seeketh not her own, is not easily provoked, thinketh no evil;

6 Rejoiceth not in iniquity, but rejoiceth in the truth;

7 Beareth all things, believeth all things, hopeth all things, endureth all things.

8 Charity never faileth: but whether there be prophecies, they shall fail; whether there be tongues, they shall cease; whether there be knowledge, it shall vanish away.

9 For we know in part, and we prophesy in part.

10 But when that which is perfect is come, then that which is in part shall be done away.

11 When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.

12 For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face: now I know in part; but then shall I know even as also I am known.

13 And now abideth faith, hope, charity, these three; but the greatest of these is charity.

Sadly too often humans have not followed these kinds of teachings but instead have used religion (as opposed to spirituality) as something to fight and kill over.



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User currently offlineSmittyone From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 21, posted (1 year 9 months 1 week 3 days 23 hours ago) and read 706 times:

The most important book you can read - indeed the only book that really matters - is the NEXT one.

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