This week, I decided to read Dreams From My Father. It’s Barack Obama’s first book, which is very much about race relations. Although it’s a memoir based on his experience in the US. Although it’s been on my reading list for a long while, I recently picked it up to read, given its relevance at the moment. It’s also been a very enjoyable read, with many learning points.
I thought Obama was a very good writer. He gave an honest account of his upbringing, the anger, the pain and his desire to drive change in a broken society. He also wrote a lot about his experiences of getting to know his dad’s side of the family in Kenya.
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Separately, but on a very similar note, I watched a documentary about Lemn Sissay’s life, particularly his early years. It also touches on Lemn going back to Ethiopia to find his family. His story is very inspirational. His story is very similar to Obama’s story in the sense that they both went back “home” to Africa to discover who they really were. Lemn’s story has given me a greater appreciation for his poetry.
For anyone who’s interested, the link to the documentary is here.
Hope you all have an awesome week ahead,
68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice
Kevin Kelly’s popular blog post he wrote as his 68th birthday present to his son went viral as soon as it was published. I’ve been meaning to give it a read, but never really got round to doing so. I finally read it this morning and only wished I had read it much sooner. It’s something I’ll be reading frequently until it’s ingrained in my memory.
Why is Britain feeling more positive about immigration?
EU immigration into the UK has fallen since the Brexit vote. But as the UK has a shortage of skilled workers, this shortage is being plugged with immigration from outside the EU. Non-EU immigration hit a record high in 2019.
The Darwinian Guide to Overachieving your IQ
Charles Darwin was a pretty average student. He’s not a man of intellect. He didn’t work much, yet he was able to produce one of the most influential books in human history, On the Origin of Species. There are 5 key lessons to draw from Darwin’s life.
Tweet of the Week
This Week's Wisdom
“Look at yourself before you pass judgment. Don’t make someone else clean up your mess. It’s not about you.”
- In the book Dreams From My Father, by Barack Obama.
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