el_flaco wrote:For the "God Delusion" to be influential to someone I'd argue that it must have changed the path of their life. If you don't believe in religion and have never felt any kind of religious calling, what influence does reading it have? Surely it's just a warm feeling of confirmation, nothing more.
I read "Walden" shortly after I got my first proper job and had money to spend. It knocked me sideways into ascetism.
Mostly agreed. The God Delusion was just the same tired argument over and over. Dawkins gives secularism a bad name.
However Walden is definitely the most epic piece on asceticism and transcendentalist thought that I have ever read. Perfect!
"I had three pieces of limestone on my desk, but I was terrified to find that they required to be dusted daily, when the furniture of my mind was all undusted still, and threw them out the window in disgust." - from Walden
Learning how to be compassionate, gain wisdom, and love life.