“I is chiefly through books that we enjoy intercourse with superior minds . . . In the best books, great men talk to us, give us their most precious thoughts, and pour their souls into ours.”

William Ellery Channing


2 Responses to Observations

  1. Bettawrekonize says:

    “I is chiefly through books”

    That may have been true once upon a time, but now through the Internet, through engaging with many others from differing backgrounds all at once, you can get a much better scrutinized view of the world and you can have your own views scrutinized by others and you can (learn to better) scrutinize other views. Books are becoming more primitive, obsolete, the information in them not being constantly updated like what you have on the Internet, the information in them subject to being one sided without introducing various other positions and allowing you to engage the author with your own questions and concerns.

    On a message board you can easily get the mind of a thousand readers with feedback and real time debate from those who are most qualified to respond to each other. It’s so incredibly superior, the varying positions presented, arguments made, and details discussed are far more granular and give a much more colorful view of the world.

    Books are still important and still have their place, but they are only one important learning tool in today’s diverse world.

  2. jackhudson says:

    Yes and no. While we may get more up-to-date information on the internet, that doesn’t necessarily connect us with great ideas or people or necessarily recommend to us a good course of action. In fact in many ways the cornucopia of information can drown out good thinking and ideas with sheer volume.

    Also it is unlikely that the Apostle Paul or Pascal or Dostoyevsky will be writing anytime soon for an internet audience. If one wants to intercourse with those great men, one will have to crack a book – a fire up one’s Kindle, as the case may be.

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