I think that finding someone who you truly connect with and feel that you were destined to meet, someone who you feel truly understands you and makes you feel special, I think meeting someone like that is one of the most profound experiences you can have.
FAILURE to understand that the roots of economic behavior lie in the realm of consciousness and culture leads to the common mistake of attributing material causes to phenomena that are essentially ideal in nature. For example, it is commonplace in the West to interpret the reform movements first in China and most recently in the Soviet Union as the victory of the material over the ideal - that is, a recognition that ideological incentives could not replace material ones in stimulating a highly productive modern economy, and that if one wanted to prosper one had to appeal to baser forms of self-interest. But the deep defects of socialist economies were evident thirty or forty years ago to anyone who chose to look. Why was it that these countries moved away from central planning only in the 1980s' The answer must be found in the consciousness of the elites and leaders ruling them, who decided to opt for the "Protestant" life of wealth and risk over the "Catholic" path of poverty and security. That change was in no way made inevitable by the material conditions in which either country found itself on the eve of the reform, but instead came about as the result of the victory of one idea over another.
So with all of this said, you can see that any such “most influential books” list is going to be helpful and meaningful only in a very limited sense. It would be better to have a series of reading lists tailored to the stages of development of the reader, and topics of specialization once they’ve reached a certain advanced level of groundwork, ability, and interest. Perhaps I will provide some of these in the future. (I have done at least .)
Finally, there are authors whose entire corpus has profoundly influenced me, though some of it more than other parts. Indeed, in some of these great corpuses, there may even be certain ideas or books I would qualify or even reject. For example, there is hardly anything by R. J. Rushdoony I would not consider “most influential” upon me, but first, he wrote about sixty books. In a top ten, he and Gary North would monopolize the list. Yet I cannot give blanket endorsement, because I disagree with Rushdoony on ecclesiology, dietary laws, and the Constitution. So, how do I sort out all of this in such a list? You can’t. Read Rushdoony. Period.
All of us have the negative influence issue in our lives, yet few realize it and even fewer acknowledge it. Personally, for example, I could point to writings of atheists, Satanists (Anton LaVey), theosophists, cults leaders (Garner Ted Armstrong, for example), and dozens of philosophers and theologians who have provided for me the type of negative influence of which I am speaking. Personally, I think Friedrich Nietzsche and the Marquis de Sade are required reading for understanding the logical consequences of unbelieving thought—and thus also for Christian apologetics. But be careful where you tread. As Nietzsche himself said: be careful when you fight a monster that you don’t become one yourself in the process.
Moreover, there is one person, in particular, other than Jesus, who has influenced my life tremendously and continues to do so; his name is Issac Detiz.
In personal, Jordan or otherwise known as CaptainSparklez for his youtube channel influenced me to do what I enjoy the most because he didt follow what was expected of him, instead he followed his instict and now he does what he enjoys the most without it beign unporductive....
Mrs. Dixon has been the teacher who has influenced me the most. I was first introduced to Mrs. Dixon my first day of 10th grade in herEnglish class. She deepened my love for reading and writing. She also pushed me to go into one of her journalism classes. I was on the newspaper staff as a junior and yearbook staff as a senior and Mrs. Dixon was the advisor for both. Mrs. Dixon always pushes her students to take responsibility and she inspires them to do their best. Because of her teaching and mentoring, I plan to go to Arkansas State University at Jonesboro and major in journalism next fall.
Throughout my high school career, the teacher who has influenced me the most has been Mr. Ferguson. I have had him as a history teacherfor our years, and he has always been my favorite. It is because of him I want to become a history teacher myself. I only hope that I will as good of a teacher as he. It is amazing the positive influence that he has had on my life.
0NE MAY argue that the socialist alternative was never terribly plausible for the North Atlantic world, and was sustained for the last several decades primarily by its success outside of this region. But it is precisely in the non-European world that one is most struck by the occurrence of major ideological transformations. Surely the most remarkable changes have occurred in Asia. Due to the strength and adaptability of the indigenous cultures there, Asia became a battleground for a variety of imported Western ideologies early in this century. Liberalism in Asia was a very weak reed in the period after World War I; it is easy today to forget how gloomy Asia's political future looked as recently as ten or fifteen years ago. It is easy to forget as well how momentous the outcome of Asian ideological struggles seemed for world political development as a whole.
What is important about China from the standpoint of world history is not the present state of the reform or even its future prospects. The central issue is the fact that the People's Republic of China can no longer act as a beacon for illiberal forces around the world, whether they be guerrillas in some Asian jungle or middle class students in Paris. Maoism, rather than being the pattern for Asia's future, became an anachronism, and it was the mainland Chinese who in fact were decisively influenced by the prosperity and dynamism of their overseas co-ethnics - the ironic ultimate victory of Taiwan.
WHAT HAS happened in the four years since Gorbachev's coming to power is a revolutionary assault on the most fundamental institutions and principles of Stalinism, and their replacement by other principles which do not amount to liberalism per se but whose only connecting thread is liberalism. This is most evident in the economic sphere, where the reform economists around Gorbachev have become steadily more radical in their support for free markets, to the point where some like Nikolai Shmelev do not mind being compared in public to Milton Friedman. There is a virtual consensus among the currently dominant school of Soviet economists now that central planning and the command system of allocation are the root cause of economic inefficiency, and that if the Soviet system is ever to heal itself, it must permit free and decentralized decision-making with respect to investment, labor, and prices. After a couple of initial years of ideological confusion, these principles have finally been incorporated into policy with the promulgation of new laws on enterprise autonomy, cooperatives, and finally in 1988 on lease arrangements and family farming. There are, of course, a number of fatal flaws in the current implementation of the reform, most notably the absence of a thoroughgoing price reform. But the problem is no longer a conceptual one: Gorbachev and his lieutenants seem to understand the economic logic of marketization well enough, but like the leaders of a Third World country facing the IMF, are afraid of the social consequences of ending consumer subsidies and other forms of dependence on the state sector.