We had a lively discussion about Peaceful Warrior, particularly comparing the book and movie versions. One of the discussion questions was “Could this book be set in any other place and time?” On the one hand, yes. The movie was set in the 2000s and the location wasn’t important. But in another sense, only California in the 1960s could have produced the mystical wisdom of Socrates and Dan’s response to it. In the movie, I kept waiting for Dan to tell Socrates to stop with all the New Age mumbo jumbo, but he never did which seemed really odd.
The subtitle of the book is “A Book that Changes Lives.” While it’s too soon to tell if our lives have been changed long term, we discussed how the book had impacted our daily lives since reading or viewing it.
Next up is Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere. We’ll see if it’s as thought-provoking as Peaceful Warrior.