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Posted September 2, 2009
This is my favorite of the Hoffer books I have read. Like all his work it is rich in original social thought beautifully expressed.
Here are just a few of Hoffer's ideas:
"When a population undergoing drastic changeis without abundant opportunities for individual action and self- advancement, it develops a hunger for faith, pride and unity. it becomes receptive to all manner of proselytizing ,and is ager to throw itself into collective undertakings which aim at "showing the world."
"Contrary to what one would expect, it is easier for the advanced to imitate the backward than the other way around. The backward and the weak see in imitation an act of submission and a proof of their inadequacy."
"The individual's most vital need is to prove his worth, and this usually means an insatiable hunger for action.For it is only the few who can acquire a sense of woth by developing and employing their capacities and talents.The majority prove their worth by keeping busy."
"Men never philosophize or tinker more freely than when they know that their speculation or tinkering leads to no weighty results. We are more ready to try the untried when what we do is inconsequential. Hence the remarkable fact that many inventions had their birth as toys."
Non-conventional, original , always interesting Hoffer is a writer and thinker who will greatly enrich any reader seeking truly to know and understand the world and humanity in a better way.
Simply a great book.
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Posted February 10, 2010
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