Keeping it super simple tonight. Literature.
Required reading in school and the staple of intellectualism in life.
I’ll confess that I’ve read many of the great works solely because a teacher made me. However I understand, looking back, why they're important to slug through.
It’s not every day that a book comes along that manages to capture a time, a principle or human state of mind so poignantly that the reader is forever transformed afterwards.
I took a quiz on Facebook one time called “Have you read 6?” Out of one hundred titles of classic literature, it turns out that I'd had read twenty, the list including authors Austen, Bronte, Dumas and Steinbeck.
Such themes: Love and caste systems, suffering and strength, loyalty and vengeance, poverty and survival.
The way literature captures the conflict and character, it’s the kind of writing that teaches and makes you think.
There are a few books that have opened my mind that aren’t on the list, but that’s okay. Even if not seen, the principles remain.
Tomorrow – M is for MANUSCRIPT.