Top 4 deeply empathetic books that make perfect Christmas gifts
Don't know about you all, but we love books - we also love giving them to people! We have gone through many different truly inspirational books since we started WOMB, and all of them gave us a piece of amazing advice on how to lead a better business and better life. There are a couple that gave us some extra insight and provoked more thought than rest.
We would love to share them with you and suggest them to be shared with your loved ones (that is, since you planned to buy books anyway - and we know you did! :) ) Here are WOMB’s top 4 books that can deepen your mindful and conscious thought and make perfect Christmas gifts too!
Jonathan Safran Foer
The surname of the author might ring a bell for some of you. He is the author behind the well-acclaimed works like Everything Is Illuminated or Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (which also got made into a movie). The title Eating Animals might be a tiny bit discouraging for some. While recommending this book, we got a lot of skeptical faces and comments like “I really don’t want to read another book nagging me to become a vegetarian”.
Well, we have good news if your reaction is similar - the book does anything but that. The author, in the very first pages admits, how vegetarianism is extremely hard for him to follow and lists his multiple and continuous failed attempts at quitting meat entirely. Instead, the book offers a down-to-Earth and approachable description of the population’s meat intake, facts about meat production and processes governing meat consumption. The book is not written to work on your emotions, make you cry about the pigs and live with a sense of blame and shame ever after. It actually brings out facts that everyone who puts meat inside of them at least should be aware of. It also does it in an exceptionally eloquent way, with wit, sometimes humour and a lot of distance to self.
Yuval Noah Harari
Homo Deus: A Brief history of tomorrow
The book is an incredible sequel to the author’s bestselling Sapiens: A brief history of humankind (which we also highly recommend, by the way). Much less factual and more reflective, the book, in its early chapters, manages to conduct an extraordinary philosophical cross section of human-animal relationship. The author makes the case for understanding how we became (or rather, made ourselves) superior to other species. For him, understanding of this dependency is a crucial starting point before we even begin talking of our future and where we are going as a species. Therefore, the first section of Homo Deus, which is a type of introduction to the considerations about the future, tries to reflect on our “man-made” and illusionary superiority that we feel towards nature and other species. A very humbling and sobering read, truly inspiring for a reflection that each and every one of us should arrive to at some point in this 21st century, which proves to be so decisive for our global survival.
The Hidden Life of Trees
This charming and sensitive book of a former forester is an incredible study into something most of us normally do not think about. Wohlleben (also an author of the later The Inner Life of Animals and a couple of other books of the similar context), at some point in his career as a forester, became disillusioned and critical towards the damaging techniques and technologies used in forestry - such as insecticide and felling (cutting down) of trees that really should not be killed. He started studying processes that govern natural forests, not ones steered by artificial rules made up by foresters, that aim at nothing more than profit on timber. As a result, he began discovering absolutely incredible interdependencies between trees and other floral inhabitants of forests and described them in the most sensible way in The Hidden Life of Trees. Beautiful, insightful and touching study of ecosystems which thrive perfectly well when their members are left alone to nurture, protect and support each other. A breathtaking allegory of a system in which mutual support and interconnection are the main building blocks to a powerful living organism, that every natural forest is.
Spiritual Compass: The Three Qualities of Life
Humans have conquered nature, and we are constantly proving our superiority, performing our power instead of bowing in gratitude to acknowledge all the amazing things that planet Earth has given us… Oh! Not forgetting the fact that it gave us… us!
In Spiritual Compass: The Three Qualities of Life Satis Kumar talks about rajas, tamas and sattva - the three qualities that are present in everyone’s life, and how we should constantly be seeking sattva - balance/harmony. For decades, even centuries, humans have been trying to outsmart and conquer nature with our technology, with our industrial development. For some reason we look down at societies that live organically with nature, according to its laws and changes. We call them primitive and take pride in our modern, polluted and pollutant structures that we keep raising.
This book is about coming down to Earth, going back to basics and slowing down - great read for not only the sustainably-conscious, but also the life-conscious!
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