I was thinking about people and the similarities of books and their covers today. Call it the “packaging” that is used to get people to pick up the book and take a few moments to read the prolog or a few pages inside. How is it that you read or use books? Do you simply fill a library with them and they sit on the shelf? Did you switch to more digital where you can fit a massive library on one tiny device? Are you from the generating where there is something wonderful about the tactile response of a finger on good paper and great writing allowing your mind to create a vicarious and imaginative journey in a world where canned and edited “watch me!” media seems to not really want you to think, instead, just consume and believe what is said.
just don't ask the question, “why?”
I do love books, and I never was a person to learn by rote learning that schools tend to teach. It’s a difficult thing to quantify education when you have so many people involved, but the idea of reading, remember, and regurgitate that is a great deal of teaching these days to increase a score on some standardized testing seems to leave a bit lacking in the area of. What did you learn? Can you explain it? Can you actually use this knowledge to build or do something? How much of your formal education do you really apply anymore?
Perhaps a bigger question is the idea of lifelong learning. I wonder why we tend to stop after formal education and delve more into the day to day survival of obligations that are so easy to clutter one's use of time in a day.
When I see my own parents aging, I know one can’t change another person, yet in the elderly years, one has the time to explore and to learn about anything. The internet has done one massive thing in demonetizing access to information. Anyone remember the news services and newswires that a few people paid a great deal of money that gave them access to the information. Remember doing any research on some non-mainstream idea or topic? This is how I learned merchandising and product licensing. I sat at the library of Congress in Washington dc for my weekends while others were off having fun on k street. At the time, you had expensive research periodicals on each trade group that would be brought out to me while I was always looking for trends and what was new.
Today, just click on google and do a search. I thought it was cool in the older days with Alta Vista and how that was the internet search engine. What Google has done, indeed is amazing with search.
So when I think about books and their covers. My personal view is that books are to be used and passed along. When I read a book, I know I have some issues with memory and difficulty learning by rote memorization, so most of my books are filled with notes and highlights. If I pass them along to others, I apologize for my style. If I borrow a book from another or one is given to read. I do my best to never write in it but instead, read to learn.
And then there are the books I see sitting up on shelves, nice decorative pieces that never get pulled down or read. Perfect bindings. What I the purpose of those books? How much knowledge will never escape what is inside their pages?
Planes are meant to fly. Boats to sail the seas. Books to be read.
but that is just my two free cents on this cold winter morning.