Thinking Your Way Through a Labyrinth of Contemporary Issues
Whilst considering some important books to read that will change the way you see the world, what factored in was that the books didn’t necessarily have to be recent. While academic knowledge does constantly get updated, some ideas and values remain timeless.
Solitude. Author – Anthony Storr. (1988)
Not an easy book to read at times, especially considering that a substantial number of chapters discuss psychoanalysis. Nevertheless Anthony Storr has produced a timeless masterpiece. The book as by it’s title discusses the creative potential we all have inside of us and much of it can be unleashed in solitude. Anthony Storr makes a convincing argument that we have relied too much on relationships to make us happy and that if we can focus on creativity in our lives we will have something positive that will stay with us regardless of the difficulties in our lives. While this book may not immediately appeal to someone who is doing well in their job and has hardly suffered any setbacks in life, it is worth considering that the potential of any relationship loss or career/work job loss will likely have a devastating impact upon ourselves, thus maintaining creativity outside our lives is essential. While the introverts amongst ourselves may already have an idea of the peace of mind we can attain from being alone, the remaining extroverts should read this book, if not for the creativity the very idea of solitude.
Oliver Wilson, (2015)