It is well known fact and strategy that if you want a certain society to stop progressing and become easy to manipulate with, just burn the books or even better – make the unpopular so people just stop reading. Aside the fact that reading itself raises educational levels of citizens, cultural levels and the level of civilized progress, the books have this superb power to influence people’s minds, cause changes of attitudes and inspire people to strive towards various ideas. Certainly, the Bible is the book with the strongest and widest influence globally, but here are some other books that made quite an impact onto generations of readers.
The Communist Manifesto
In spite of its bad reputation nowadays, after it had been misinterpreted and abused by greedy politicians, The Communist Manifesto, famous literature written by Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels, is certainly one of the most influential books ever. The book describes thoroughly all the principles and foundations of a society as Marx and Engels had imagine it to be, but was later on transformed in malpractice of communism with all its drawbacks. There’s still dilemma whether this type of society is possible or the idea described in the book is excellent in theory, but wrong in practice.
Analyzing the matter of modern society, its issues and potential future scenarios, George Orwell wrote famous “1984”. This classic literature turned out to be both, inspiration for series of future novels, including Huxley’s “Brave new world”, but it has also turned out to be way too good prediction of the society we live in over a half a century later. The story about closed and controlled world supervised by the government, where censorship is overwhelming and freedom is suppressed, frightened many generations. And it’s still up to be seen whether we are heading toward future society dangerously similar to Orwell’s.
The diary of a young girl
“The diary of a young girl” written by Anne Frank is an upsetting literature about WW 2 and the days this little girl spent during Nazi occupation. This book is often listed as mandatory literature in many schools, but the mere matter and the style of writing makes it perfectly adapted for adults to read it as well.
Perhaps it’s even more important for adults to read it, because struggling with emotions and awareness of all the horror of war reader is faced with, might force many people worldwide to think twice before calling for war again.
On the origin of species
One of the biggest ever and still ongoing debate refers to inherited traits and true origin of species, which was certainly started by cult thesis written in famous book “On the origin of species” by Charles Darwin.
This book is the foundation of evolution theory which divided scientists and their supporters against creationists and believers and set the theoretic basis for this controversial topic which is still widely discussed. Darwin wrote down myriad of conclusions and elements supporting the idea of evolution being a result of adaptation of species onto environment surrounding them and the whole modern science is based upon his studying presented in this book.