Friday, April 4, 2014

Alex's Favorite Free Reading Books - Literary Masterpieces




Song:  Straight Away To Orion

Artist:  Kitaro





Alex really likes the books from George Orwell and Jules Verne.

Alex especially liked the book "Animal Farm" from George Orwell.

Alex had scored high on it as an AR book at school.

When his mother had questioned him about the central message of the book...
Alex said that it was about the evil of Communism

(more correctly....Marxism...which bred Communism and Socialism...
and nowadays....all of the other isms...all of the "Us Against Them" cliques
that humans (incorrectly) seem to relish being part of).


Alex is now reading "Roots".

After he finishes reading the book...
he will watch the series on DVD.


Alex says he really enjoys the book.

Alex has an inherent sense of justice and goodness...
and so, he feels badly when others are mistreated.

His heart always goes out to the victims in situations and stories.





The story of Musashi...
is still Alex's favorite book.

He said he had learned so much about life from it.


It is a story of discipline, dedicated daily training, and the chasing of dreams...
over that of hedonism and the accompanying daily chasing of pleasures.

It is the story of true love...
and the true dedication to it.


This book is far more than a story of one swordsman against another...
or of the love between a man and a woman.

Its central theme is about long term happiness (through deferred gratification)...
 and the deep satisfaction which naturally arises from such an endeavor...
over that of short term pleasures...
and the naturally occurring consequences of leading such a hedonistic lifestyle.


Alex understood the folly of Matahachi's life
(hedonistic character in the book)
as a result of his hedonistic lifestyle.

He had also seen the positive results in Musahi's life...
as a result of his daily training.

Alex has often said that he wishes to be 
the Musashi of Math.

He goes into his math competitions as if he were
Musashi facing his opponents in battle.

Alex is battling to test and improve himself...
and, just like Musashi...
he trains daily.

Alex had picked up on the essence of this from "Musashi"...
one of the world's greatest literary masterpieces...
and had applied it to his life...beautifully.

And, perhaps, most importantly...
he sees the application of the central lesson as a general concept...
and how it applies to everything in life.

We are parents...
we help mold our children's morals by guiding their reading material
(don't forget the great moral guidance to be had from
the fables of Aesop, the brothers Grimm, and Hans Christian Anderson...
among others...while they are still young).

Just as we guide their Internet usage...
and their TV shows...
the books they read also heavily influence
their subsequent actions in life.

By guiding their hearts...
you guide their minds.

And yes...
that is one of our prime directives as parents...
to help mold our children's hearts and minds...
to lead them on a path of deferred gratification...
over that of hedonism.

It is through this one concept
(deferred gratification)
that once realized...
will put your child on a positive spiral...
and which will lead to ever increasing, and never ending...
 deep satisfaction, and great happiness...
in life.









2 comments:

  1. How wonderful that Alex has a love of reading such classics, and very impressive that he seems to have a good grasp of the stories. You are doing a great job of guiding him.

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  2. Alex has always loved reading. He is also learning about the writing styles of each author. Alex still wants to be a published author one day...and he is getting practice while enjoying a good story.

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