When I was a boy, all I wanted was to be a man like the ones who taught me.
All those men wanted me to be better than that, and offered me advice
in the form of books.
Once upon a time, my Father gave me a book. That book set me free and he
saw my freedom and rejoiced.
The book he gave me was called, "The Volume Library". It was HUGE!
I poured through it more than the rest of my siblings, and my Father was proud.
Then after he saw me resting from my studies he asked me a question.
"Son, if civilization ended tomorrow and all you could carry were three books,
which ones would they be?"
My heart leaped at the chance to prove myself to my Father.
My heart wanted to say, "Several pens and three empty notebooks." but I was
very afraid and needed him to be proud of me, I told him the answer I suspected
he wanted to hear from his teachings. I didn't speak my heart to my Father.
"Those are good books, son." He said, thought to Himself for a moment and
then asked me, "Can you rebuild civilization with those three books?"
I couldn't help it. I was just a boy with no strength and scant knowledge.
I was almost ten years old and knew a nuclear war was imminent, because
we trusted television to speak truth when gas was only $.65 per gallon.
My mind raced.
I cried and tried to say, "I don't know, I'm just a kid." but the words in my heart halted
my throat from making any sound.
He waited and watched for decades.
My Father is a very patient man.
Which three books would you rely upon to rebuild civilization?
Would any of you offer your wisdom and that of He who made you and gave you books
to help you on your way to the rest of us?
Which books influenced you the most? Which three books would you guard with your life
and use to rebuild a collapsed civilization if it was required of you to do so?
Thanks in advance,
Mine are these:
Atlantis, the antedeluvian world by Ignatius Donnelly, Logic and Philosophy by Kahane,
and a book by Eric Dollard about polyphase power transmission mathematics.