The Swerve: How the World Became Modern by Stephen Greenblatt
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The Swerve: How the World Became Modern Audiobook by Stephen Greenblatt is an incredible, inspiring and catching real-life story that begins during the Author's years in College in which he made an incredible discovery in the form of a translated poem called De Rerum Natura which means "On the Nature of Things" written by the Roman Philosopher Lucretius.
Greenblatt became fascinated with the Poem and the message it was focused on, the Human fear towards Death. Up until that point in his life, Stephen's life dominated by this fear and he could easily relate to the story being told. He writes about how this dreaded feeling was infused in him by his own Mother, who live in perpetual fear of dying, and ultimately ended up shaping her son's life in the same way.
The work of Lucretius, however, was the exact opposite, the Philosopher deems the so-called fear of death as a foolish and irrational behavior human feel, by failing to realize that the World the entire Universe is made up of atoms that kept on arranging and rearranging never stopping and always creating different patterns. Lucretius goes on to state that there is no God, no greater plan or destiny, that everything there are is Atoms which are in constant flux.
The obvious conclusion for Author Stephen Greenblatt is that everything that surrounds us is in constant change, and that is what his work is all about, and in-depth teaching on how we must always appreciate even the little things in life as everything adds up to a positive upbringing, and that fears, such as the fear of death is an irrational behavior that only hurts our own personal growth.
Upon reading The Swerve: How the World Became Modern Audiobook by Stephen Greenblatt one must wonder if there is one actual book that can actually change the way we all see the World, and your mind would go to Lucretius' On the Nature of Things translated by the incomparable Frank O. Copley and that is because how well connected both works are. Greenblatt does a wondrous job to bring back to Western Civilization the works of this Roman Philosopher that remains as current today as it did in the times of the Roman Empire.
The Swerve is a book that has proven time and time again that it was well written, the ideas were all well expressed, and in case you need evidence of that, it holds an accolade from the National Book Awards for Non-Fiction.
There is no denying that the style of writing Stephen Greenblatt has us accustomed to since the days of his Will in the World is front and center in this new bestselling masterpiece he has written, the manner in which he narrates with a flamboyant and charming depiction of his ideas with a dash of cinematic flair transports the readers to the days of Lucretius, Bracciollini, and even Epicurus himself.