Why I read 2
A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one. (George R.R. Martin)
I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library. (Jorge Luis Borges)
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“Why do you read?”
“In essence, I read to learn, to open my Mind/Heart [<link; short read] and expand my horizons. I think reading is an essential component of Self-Actualization.
One way I like to think of it as acquiring ‘indirect experiences‘.”
“What do you mean?”
“I like to distinguish between two kinds of experiences: direct and indirect.
Direct experiences are the first thing that comes to mind when you think of ‘experiences’: that which you live yourself.
Indirect experiences are experiences acquired through exposure to the experiences of others (and, by extension, the collective experience of humanity).
Since our direct experiences are limited, indirect experiences are an essential supplement.
Reading is a beautiful means of acquiring indirect experiences.
Another way I like to think of it is ‘gathering resources’.
I read to acquire creative material for playing with ideas, and building blocks for developing and perfecting my own systems and practices.”