It’s easy today to focus on the millions of millions of blogs and the unending Twitter streams and email newsletters and industry insiders and…and…ralph_waldo_emerson
I don’t want people to stop reading those things, because they offer a lot of entertainment, insight and news.  But I REALLY don’t want people to stop reading classical literature and expanding their horizons beyond the bullet points, excerpts and Youtube videos clips.  After all the the value of the harvest is measured by the depth of the hardship.  I’d much rather people take some time to read a novel that altered the collective societal viewpoint than read this blog.

In many ways, it seems that technology has simplified arts into things that anyone can churn out and publish.  A valuable asset to be sure, but it certainly doesn’t diminish that of those came before.  If anything, it magnifies them into something even more difficult and astounding.  I hope for a society when pop music fans get their minds blown by Dylan or Young; where DailyKos readers jaws drop to a Great Bard sonnet or the panacea prose from Emerson.  Even if you don’t like reading, try to pick out a classic this year and read it front to back.  You might love it.

“If we encounter a man of rare intellect, we should ask him what books he reads.” –RWE