There are 2 types of houses : with books, or empty of.
Imagine you have a couple of days in an apartment full of books.
Of course, you have your own books in your backpack. These are like air, or food, right?
One strangeodd way of spending a few hours alone in this place is :
Read prefaces only
Pick up books in a random way – be fast and casual, like a little girl with daisies.
Read prefaces only. Mais oui !
– What for, mister Becausewhat?
- It can bring you a urge desire to read the rest of the book
- You’ll discover authors you don’t know
- If a preface is written by another person, your brain will try to understand this link between both
- It’s knowledge feast & debauchery
- It’ll provide seeds for your hungry mind
- You’ll associate this place with exploration and pleasure (and?)
- It’s a good way to lose yourself (and you need to, right?)
- Discovery (of fields you ignore)
- Maps & new ways of thinking, drawing paths
- Seeds for subsequent conversations with the books owner
- Inspiration (take notes, silly)
- Extending your knowledge
Voilà! What did you find? How did you choose? Did you ask for indications from your host – for the day after? What happened then?
Thanks for reading! Have a nice week-end!
25 years ago a friend of mine suddenly attacked me with this phrase : “You and your books!” – “Toi et tes livres!”.
It was very clear : I spent too much of my time reading books (instead, probably, of “living my life”, meeting people, thinking by myself, talking to her, who knows?).
I was a bit shocked. I thought about it for a few days then I wrote her a letter (no email, in the eighties). My main idea, in this answer, was that books were not papernothing, but more like a meeting with a person who spent months or even years to elaborate it.
You don’t need to have a Master Degree in Linguistics to know that our link to the world is made of “events, and how we judge them” (past, now or future), and for that purpose, we use… words. At times, I wonder if books were not just a way to draw maps for my life…
Each book can be seen as a possible “conversation” with the author? Or… an inner travel?
Thanks for reading!
Imagine you want to explore the life of Abraham Lincoln, or the D-Day. You can do that the proper way, reading a biography or watching a good documentary. But I like to find other path, in a roundabout way, finding another door, another color, being a little casual and inappropriate.
Take the Lincoln example. You can :
- Read about someone’s around : his wife, a general, his murderer.
- Read about what happened after him, or the American life before him.
- Find pictures on the web about him, his life, his handwritten letters.
- Read a diary of somebody who knew him.
- Find everything about his opponents.
- Explore one month only of his life and the country’s life too.
- Find a Lincoln forum on the web and spend months exploring, reading questions and answers of specialists.
Casualness in knowledge exploration is a possible way.
Thanks for reading!
Alain, a French philosopher, says that to pay attention is an noble art, and that to NOT pay attention is a royal art. What does that mean?
All our senses swallow the world around us, continuously. We are besieged! We try to make decisions with an army of thoughts. But the man who slept, says Alain, awakes as a new man, and is ready to decide in a second.
Daniel Kahneman asks himself in his book “Thinking, Fast and Slow” : How works intuition? What is fast or slow when we have to decide something? Do we have to be rational all the time?
Nassim Nicholas Taleb wrote a few books which can enrich that research. Again it’s about decision making. What is luck, and how to use it? How to adapt? What is the “illusion of control”? What if you decide things in half a second, and how could it be the best choice?
This article is just a way of adding a few bricks to this pattern, this “dial” I exposed in this blog : the dance or weaving with opposite forces, the need to consider what could seem illogical (even the “if you hesitate between two things, choose both”), the oblique way of decision making, to use the propensity of things, or to be a more complete person when you use your both sides. Even casually, yes.
The champion golf player, does he analyse and measure things like a computer, or does he simply become empty, ready, and hit? Where is the Royal Art of suddenly not paying attention?
Thanks for reading!
When I read the Sylvia Plath diary, I was constantly irritated and I wondered why. Then I clicked :
Because she always and absolutely wanted to write a book… instead of writing.
So I invented the “Sylvia Plath syndrome”, it’s when a person absolutely wants to publish a book and barely never writes.
One possibility is that one day the book is there, the axis disappeared immediately : it leaves this person completely indifferent, and sick. We could call this the “So what” disillusion. This needs another article, right?
Shut up, et cessez donc de vous plaindre ! Don’t complain about you can’t write, or it’s not the place, or it’s not the moment : write! Now! You go girl (and boy)!
Have a nice day!
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Almost all of these “Self Help” books tell the same thing : be strong, wake up early, don’t look in the past, find new goals, move forward, be mindful, accept the reality, be happy, smile, be positive, have hope, succeed, quit toxic people, surround with good energy friends, build very high expectations and reach your goals, love yourself, you’re perfect…
L’injonction au bonheur / Injunction to be happy, mhh?
I noticed, though, that the most interesting books tells us something else :
- It’s always more complex
- You are not perfect and you will never be and the path is complicated
- The contrary of these “injunctions” is probably true too
Voilà. It’s a game you can activate by yourself. Find the Opposite Course books. Or borrow the typical ones, and, just for fun, try to fight them.
- Being weak is useful and slows you down from grey or wrong goals
- Being positive “on demand” is just impossible because you have no cursor for that.
- Quitting “toxic people” is not easy, and they are not as-toxic-as-that, it’s maybe a wrong opinion, and maybe they can help you in an oblique way.
- If you expect too high you may just don’t reach it, and you’ll despair…
Can you REALLY wake up and smile? Every single morning? Don’t you look like a freaky frog?
Allez! Have a nice splendid day!
The only thing you can count on, it’s the change