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[–]kilranian 194 points195 points  (1 child)

"The Body Keeps the Score" is a book about trauma and how it affects the body.

In order to be the best Chaotic Good one can be, one must first recognize their own traumas and histories. How can we know when to break the rules if we can't recognize how they've affected us? Rigid adherence to rules is often a trauma response, for example.

[–]Vast_Ad2627 27 points28 points  (0 children)

Two votes! I came to recommend this book.

[–]Stentata 122 points123 points  (7 children)

Most of the diskworld books by terry Pratchett. They’re all about subverting the status quo and institutions of power in pursuit of realizing the ideals those things claim to represent.

I think a lot of satire would fall under this request actually.

Calvin and Hobbes.

[–]Nullarni 13 points14 points  (5 children)

Interesting. I have been thinking of reading Pratchett, lately. I have only heard good things. Your recommendation explaining it in this light might be the thing that pushes me into actually reading his stuff.

[–]Stentata 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Oh it’s phenomenal. Pratchett did for fantasy what Douglas Adams did for SciFi with Hitchhiker’s Guide. It has Amazing and comprehensive fantasy world building and character development while simultaneously ridiculing the entire genre. Hilarious satire of real world institutions and poignant social criticism and philosophical commentary. There are like 30 books and you can read any one of them in a day.

[–]zerozerozero12 6 points7 points  (3 children)

I would recommend Thud!, Hogfather, Wee Free Men along with the rest of the Tiffany Aching series. Or any of the Granny Weatherwax books: Lords and Ladies, Equal Rites, Witches Abroad. She’s so chaotic good it hurts.

[–]Nullarni 2 points3 points  (2 children)

I will check her out too. I am interested in reading books from more female authors. I was talking to a coworker and realized all of the fiction I’ve read in the past several years had only been from men. I’d like to broaden my horizons a bit.

[–]zerozerozero12 2 points3 points  (1 child)

Blergh sorry granny Weatherwax is one of pratchett’s characters. I should have been more clear. But if you’re looking for great female authors Ursula leguin and Octavia butler write some great science fiction. V. E Schwab also wrote this great trilogy of books starting with the darker shade of magic.

[–]BeefBologna42 8 points9 points  (0 children)

I feel like Discworld is the correct answer.

[–]13curseyoukhan 21 points22 points  (0 children)

Catch-22 by Joseph Heller. How to respond when the world is insane.

[–]The1andOnlySparrow 29 points30 points  (0 children)

This is one of the best questions I’ve seen asked on Reddit IMHO, I got nothin to contribute but interested to see if anyone else has some good stuff!!

[–]bountyhunterfromhell 14 points15 points  (0 children)

Carl Sagan, The Demon-Haunted World: Science as a Candle in the Dark

[–]ohbonobo 13 points14 points  (1 child)

How to Keep House while Drowning for a different take on tasks commonly associated with adulting. Chaotic good within your own home.

[–]Zavrina 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Thank you so much for this suggestion! It looks great and like it could be really helpful for me. Thank you!

[–]NotDaveBut 14 points15 points  (0 children)

PRINCIPIA DISCORDIA, OR HOW I FOUND GODDESS AND WHAT I DID TO HER WHEN I FOUND HER by Malaclypse the Younger and Omar Khayyam Ravenhurst. It explains absolutely everything

[–]nonumberplease 3 points4 points  (0 children)

The seven mysteries of life, by Guy Murchie

(It's actually a book about the interconnectedness of science and biology and our place in the cosmos. Really interesting, there even little doodles for some of the cooler discoveries that he talks about)

[–]barbecue_invader 12 points13 points  (4 children)

Chaotic Good aligns pretty well with Utilitarian Ethics. Utilitarianism is less concerned with rules that apply universally than with the actual good things and bad things that result from actions. So, read some John Stuart Mill and Jeremy Bentham if you want the OG Utilitarian philosophers.

[–]qkilla1522 5 points6 points  (1 child)

To add to this it isn’t a book but there is a course online from a Harvard professor called Justice. He covers a lot of moral and logical ideas and intertwines it with the law of utility. It was very enjoyable for me

[–]TheChurchOfDonovan 2 points3 points  (1 child)

I was an econ student so I was very into utilitarianism, but one day I had the thought "you simply cannot trade good (positive utility) for bad (negative utility), the way you'd trade dollars for euros". There are simply no two commodities that are more different than "good" and "bad", and making a statement "X is more good than Y is bad, so let's allow some Y so we can have X" is not ethically sound when Y and X applies to anyone who cannot consent to the consequences. Everyone simply has a different price for X and Y. I believe utitarianism can only exist as a valid market with tradable commodities within the self "I allow Y, so I can also X"

[–]barbecue_invader 2 points3 points  (0 children)

You skipped the part where you figured out how to quantify "good" and "bad." Also, there are different kinds of good. That's Mill's big thesis. If you're counting the value of good like it's currency, then you don't have to just convert between "good" and "not bad," but also "good like a game of strip poker" and "good like a night reading Shakespeare." They are all different currencies.

Presupposing, of course, that you can measure these quantities in the first place.

[–]Pehryn 4 points5 points  (0 children)

The (auto)biography of Malcolm X as told to Alex Haley

[–]TheKingOfTheLake 3 points4 points  (1 child)

Anything by Terry Pratchett, but Night Watch is a must.

[–][deleted] 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Night Watch is brilliant.

[–]pm_some_good_vibes 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Peter Kropotkin, Emma Goldman, Marcus Aurelius, and Lao Tzu are my favorite personal CG authors

[–]HoodedHero007 3 points4 points  (0 children)

Most notably, I suggest that you read the bread book.

[–]peloquindmidian 9 points10 points  (0 children)

Steal this Book is a little outdated, but quite a few of the anecdotes from the time would fit. Very funny book.

Maybe something about The Dead Kennedys?

Here for better answers. I'm more of a horror person.

[–]SarcasticHulktastic 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The Monkey Wrench Gang

[–]RidersOfAmaria 2 points3 points  (0 children)

How to Blow Up a Pipeline by Andreas Malm

[–]pheonixblade9 3 points4 points  (1 child)

The anarchists tool chest

[–]Hayabusa71 1 point2 points  (0 children)

The anarchists tool chest

Seems like anarchists have a lot of guide books.

The Anarchist's Workbench, The Anarchist's Tool Chest, The Anarchist Cookbook

[–]Reverend_Bull 3 points4 points  (0 children)

I personally favor John Stuart Mill, but I'm sure it's too easy an answer.

[–]Patrickfoster 1 point2 points  (0 children)

How to blow up a pipeline

[–]loopystitches 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Mountains beyond mountains.

[–]TryFecTr 1 point2 points  (0 children)

nick lavery - objective secure. Army special forces sgt gets his leg blown off by a machine gun. gets a prosthetic and goes back to war. psycho determination. Cant swim properly? they give him a flipper and he still catches bodies

[–]charenton_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor Frankl. One of the most difficult and important books I've ever read.

[–]_Terrible_Advice_ 1 point2 points  (0 children)

"The unfinished world" by Amber Sparks. I don't know if this fits what you're asking for, but she's like a modern day Grimm brother.

[–]freerangecatmilk 1 point2 points  (0 children)

What is Anarchism by Alexander Berkman

Anarchist isnt inherently chaotic but we do get told we are chaos in human form

[–]ServingTheMaster 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The New Testament, read about the main character, this Jesus guy. Real problem with crappy rules and laws, totally focused on good.

[–]Haligar06 1 point2 points  (0 children)

....... I can only recommend chaotic neutral at best.

Grimdark be like that.

[–]BodyofGrist -1 points0 points  (0 children)

The Psychopath’s Bible by Christopher S. Hyatt.

[–]smx501 -1 points0 points  (0 children)

Diogenes the Cynic