I am not sure if I want to write this. No, really! Reason being that I have been there myself and I know how tempting it is.
Of late, am getting this feeling – and it is getting stronger- that people don’t read. Thanks to social networking sites, they just share. Share what, you might ask.
My answer is: nonsense.
They share quotes, which is preposterous, in my ever-so-humble opinion. Quote is a line from a book, or a statement by someone famous- with or without credits. I don’t have a problem with that, but don’t you need to have read the book? I mean what is a line bereft of context and character, and yes. Timeline.
I say, nothing.
It doesn’t matter what Nelson Mandela said unless you know the person he was and the circumstances under which he uttered those great words. Same goes for Gandhi, and for Luther King as well.
Maybe this need provision for context is what makes literature the life altering force that it is. Fine, I adored Lance Armstrong and his book till he confessed his misdeeds. If it were for one good line here or another there, it still is the same book. But what of the man? And since I know that Gandhi and Mandela lived by what they preached, their words still mean so much for the world.
Come to think of it, I rather like songs after I have seen videos…just to get a handle of the situation maybe. Not sure.
But of course, people don’t have time to read these days. 10 quotes from Ayn Rand and everyone knows thinks I read Ayn Rand. But have I really? Or, to paraphrase: do I want to be known as a well read person, or be one?
In that context, it is heartening to see Srishti take up reading challenges (which more of us should). Letizia‘s blog will amaze you to know how people around the globe…read. Its always a pleasure to know that people are spending more time with books than sharing. Moreover, if you really read something…I mean, for real…then you will be changed by what you read. Can people risk doing that ;) …