… be of good cheer
Reading is not always the answer, due to what they, and we, are often given to read. Reading is often the problem. Dangerous things, words. Or do you disagree? The problem is, of course, we don’t agree on which ones are fine words and which ones are not; but reading has certainly damaged me, at times, I now realize. Anyone else feel the same way?
Apart from books I was given to read in English Literature I have never had another book imposed upon me. So I have had no fine words imposed upon me.
My book journey is my own and the important messages I have learned are never disguised by fine words.
DQS – the metamorphosis is a credit to you, by the way.
Cherie – I like your reviews. Actually, you’re whole site is a feast for the eyes.
Why thank-you James, I feel I can let my true but honourable foolishness shine out now
Actually Cherie, my mind was most messed-up by some books I chose for myself. There are writers I now wish I had not dabbled with in my teenage years. I think youngsters are encouraged to give too much respect to the published word, just because it has been published. Maybe that is changing a bit nowadays, with so many new and more open ways to communicate.
“in the beginning was the word”
and that’s when all the trouble started
burn your books, whiten your latten
DQ, in my teenage years I mostly read science fiction, fantasy (such as Tolkien) and magazines on unexplained mysteries (that were prevalent at that time). Perhaps that explains everything about me
Well Cherie, your early taste in reading does not surprise me
As for me, I don’t regret all of my childhood Biggles books reading (every damn one) or all of my science fiction and fantasy reading, or my Steinbeck and Simenon or Peake (to name perhaps my best three very different masters), but there were a few books that caused me mental problems in my teens, especially those of a philosophical bent, until I eventually realized that philosophers were Emperors with no clothes on. That is, they talk nonsense, largely, whatever viewpoint they take, while pretending that they might know something. Perhaps strangely, I don’t regret being made to read the bible, even though I pretty soon realized I could not take any of it literally.
The Bible is the one other book I did read a lot through my teens and even before more teens (I was never made to read it, it was just something that happened). I used to attend Sunday school and enjoyed many discussions on explorations on what the texts meant.
Did that surprise you or did you know
I knew, as you already know.
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