Probably the best book I read last year. If I had a hero besides Bruce Lee and ill.Gates, it would be David Goggins. Shoutout to Joe Rogan, for despite how much of a meathead he can sometimes seem, and as problematic as his podcast sometimes is, it has introduced me to a lot of extraordinary human beings, and it’s got me looking into much of what makes life fascinating. Truthfully without The Joe Rogan Experience, I don’t think I would ever have come across people like David Goggins, Brian Cox, Eric Weinstein, Lex Fridman and countless others. So thank you Joe Rogan, for the podcast and all the interesting conversations, and thank you David Goggins, for writing this amazing book and sharing your incredible story. Stay hard y’all, and keep fucking swearing, if that’s the way you naturally fucking talk.
I find myself thinking about this book often and for no clear real or special reason. Sometimes I’ll realize that I have been thinking about it for a very long time. It always leaves me quiet with a nearly inexpressible sense of sadness, and a sense of excitement, gratitude, and wonder. I think no book could ever have a better ending, and it’s still the best book I have ever read. I feel I must read this book again.
In dogspeak, ‘God’ is the master of all masters, ‘government’ is a group of masters deciding how a pack should behave, and ‘religion’ is a group of masters deciding how a pack should behave toward a master of masters. This is all from the book I am currently very much enjoying, although it’s breaking my heart a little bit. Already it’s made me blink back tears, but the total experience is also touching, fun and sweet. The author is Canadian and the story is set in Toronto, yes it’s about dogs, which you may know I kind of deeply love, so I was primed to love this book too, and I do. I was warned the narrative would make me bawl my eyes out, since anyone who loves dogs obsessively would have such a reaction. The book is definitely making me sad, but it’s making me think about dogs, and consider the author’s knowledge and intentions too. I love the book so far, though I wasn’t expecting so much dog-on-dog violence, especially not from the same pack. I thought all the shitty things the dogs would endure would be nearly exclusively at the hands of humans. Just goes to show you (what I think of humans or, when it comes to dogs) where my sympathies automatically always are.