Hoarding Books

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There is always the danger when you go to a cheap book shop, that you get carried away and come out with a book that you really don’t need. Currently there are more books in the house, that sit on shelves, side tables and any other free space available, that would take years to read. It’s as if a process of osmosis occurs just by having books around; the loftier the ideal, the greater chance the information will be absorbed, even by walking past the book. If this doesn’t occur, it should, especially books on self help, philosophy and other inspirational works. It occurred to me the other day, that we live at a good time in human history, as there have only been a few hundred years of book publishing. Imagine what it will be like in 5000 years from now. The choices of human intellect will be overwhelming to the point that at primary school, children will be streamed into future job paths before they have even learnt to read! Or will each generation have to go through the same process of gaining a general education before focusing on the specific area of interest.

As technology progresses, maybe there will come the time, when gaining knowledge will be as easy as walking past a book, the option I frequently use today.

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