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Are Books the door to truth? You get it? No need to read the whole book?

Posted on: June 21, 2013

Are Books the door to truth?

Seth Godin posted: “I get it”

“No need to read the whole book, I can just glance over the Cliffs Notes… I get it.

I don’t need to hear your entire pitch, just show me the summary slide… got it.

No, I already heard about your vacation… remember, I saw the Instagram feed.

Why would I go out with him? I read his profile.

You’re probably smart enough to ‘get it’ merely by reading the 140 character summary of just about anything.

But of course, that doesn’t mean you understand it, or that it changed you. All it means is that you were quickly able to sort it into an appropriate category, to make a decision about where it belongs in your mental filing cabinet.

The best experiences and the biggest ideas don’t fit into a category. They change it. They don’t get filed away, they transform us.

It’s entirely possible that you can process and file more information than anyone who has come before you.

And quite likely that this filing is preventing you from growing and changing and confronting the fear that’s holding you back.

You get it? No you don’t. Not yet. Because all you’ve gotten is a tweet.

Read the book. The whole thing. Use the product. A few times. More than a few times.

Immersed. It can change you.”

(And post a review of what you read, the story and how it impacted on you…)

The essential confrontation is with yourself. You should be your own biggest critic

It’s not between you and your boss, your critics, your editor, your competition, your spouse or some other outsider.

Hay Festival celebrates the openness of the imagination.

Hanif Kureishi: “Books are the door to truth… There’s always a temptation to be fearful and to hate, but it’s too narrow, it’s too boring.

Think of fascism. In the end, people tire of it, in the end, fascism blows itself up. People cannot live in it for a long time.

Fascism is always destroyed, because people wish for a bigger life. And to me that’s what literature represents. And that’s a form of love.

Imagination and creativity come from love because it’s a form of real exchange.”
Hanif and Joe Sacco speak at length in the festival, Cristina Fuentes La Roche explains it well here.

Note: If what you are reading are not catalyst to trying to write, change the category of books you are reading.


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