Greetings, friends! There's been plenty of talk going around highlighting the worst of human nature. I'd like to focus on an equally valid
perspective that reveals a much fuller picture of what humans are capable of, which is the rich catalogue of knowledge and humanity stored in some of
our most beloved (and lesser known) tomes.
If you're anything like me, you will never quite get used to the idea of a kindle or nook. You might have shelves scattered throughout your home or a
whole room dedicated to study. I have collected/shared/borrowed and given away more books than I can remember and find an inherent value in a
thought-provoking text, regardless of its condition.
I have been throwing around the idea of a thread compiling the 100 most influential/important texts of all time (impossible I know but why not try?)
for some time now. In this thread I hope to, with your help and guidance, establish a guide of 100 texts which contain some of the greatest value or
wisdom compiled by man.
So, friends, do you have any titles to suggest for our list? Which text/texts have contributed the most to mankind? Which are essential to complete
a comprehensive home library?
Here are a few that I would have to add to my own personal list:
1. The Epic of Gilgemesh
2. The Holy Bible
3. Divine Comedy
5. Poetry of Ranier Maria Rilke
6. I Ching
7. Moby Dick
8. The Complete Works of John Milton
9. The United States Constitution, Declaration of Independence and Bill of Rights
10. Rights of Man
11. On the Origin of Species
12. The Brothers Karamozov
13. Dialogues of Plato
14. Ficciones Jorge Luis Borges
15. Hippocratic Corpus
16. Thucydides History of the Peloponnesian War
I had better stop there, or there will be no room for suggestions! So, dear literary minds of ATS, which books do you deem the most essential for
humanity? Which of mine would you leave off the list (lol- I can foresee The Bible coming up for discussion) Can you help me round out the list a
little bit? And, most importantly, HAVE FUN and celebrate MANKIND!
edit on 27-9-2017 by zosimov because: (no reason