Originally Posted by LirvA
I do. I still read poker books. I read books on religion and spirituality. Electronics. I read lots of stuff imo.
Oh oh oh, and tarantulas. Bet you've never read a book on tarantulas, have you?
If you mean I only read things that I'm interested in, then you've got me. I only read stuff I'm interested in. Why would I read something I'm not? I don't think it would be a very successful endeavor.
Give me a book on the history of Australia and I'll try to sell it imo.
Well, you've already expressed disagreement with the best post in this thread
. I'm not sure I can add much to it, but I'll try.
Reading about ideas and concepts and things is all well and good, but it excludes the most important variable in life - people. You could be the most knowledgeable tarantula expert, know how to instantly calculate pot odds in NLO8, and be able to give the grandest dissertation imaginable on Austrian economics, and none of that will teach you anything at all about humanity.
Ultimately, people are what matter most. One of the greatest tools people have come up with for teaching ourselves about each other is stories, fiction and non-fiction, oral, written, movies, etc. Stories have characters, the best of them conflicted and imperfect just like us. People relate to well-told stories; nobody relates to a political manifesto. Understanding this was perhaps the only thing Ayn Rand got right.
Most political, economic, and religious works usually fail because they don't tell us anything useful about how to go about being ourselves in a world full of other people. They dictate how we should behave based on one crackpot theory or another, but they don't give us any character or story to hang those ideas on. They fail to connect to us in the only way that is really important.
Read less text. Read more stories.