What’s in it for me? Dig into the ideas that helped shape American ideals.

It’s 1899, the world is about to enter the twentieth century and one man, Elbert Hubbard, is writing an essay that will have an immense impact in the next decades. Hubbard, previously a traveling soap salesman and future father of the Arts and Craft movement, is writing down his views on how to be a good person and live a good life.

His essay, with its curious title, would serve as an inspiration not only for two well-known movies in the early days of cinema, but also for many of the people who would help shape the modern-day United States. Among his admirers were industrialist John D. Rockefeller, car manufacturer Henry Ford and President Teddy Roosevelt. Within Hubbard’s lifetime, A Message to Garcia was reprinted more than any other book besides the Bible.

These blinks bring Hubbard’s messages into a new light for us in the twenty-first century.

In these blinks, you’ll find out

  • who Garcia is and what bringing him a message means;
  • one simple experiment that shows how lazy some people are; and
  • why you shouldn’t avoid manual labor.