Book List: A Socialist’s/Humanist’s Message to Garcia

    It’s a good rule of thumb to learn something about an author before taking what he/she says at face value. Elbert Hubbard was a Socialist and a Humanist whose belief system informed his writings, including his ode to independent action that leads to collective success, known as “A Message to Garcia”. In 1893 Hubbard stopped selling soap, left his wife and children behind in Illinois and moved to East | Read More »

    Book Notes: Message to Garcia

    Message to Garcia by Elbert Hubbard is not really a book. It is an article from the “Philistine” magazine of March 1899 that became immensely popular and was reprinted as a pamphlet in Russian, German, French, Spanish, Turkish, Hindi, Mandarin and Japanese, perhaps more. It is freely available on the Internet. Briefly, it is about two things: Excellence; One person can change the world. There | Read More »

    “Whom Shall I Send”

    Wow! This is not a simple essay to write about.  It is so deep.  One of the shortest “books” I have ever read, yet it yields more wisdom than a book of a 1000 pages.  I will focus on just a few concepts that made an impact on me. “The world has gone a slumming.” This statement occurs near the end of the essay. It | Read More »