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Where and when is your favourite place and time to read? 🏖☔️❄️
Part 4: In the last 3 parts, I talked about how reading can enable us to become both down to earth and imaginative. There are times where being either one or the other, or both simultaneously can prove to be priceless skills in your toolbox. That’s why I enjoy reading non-fiction and fiction interchangeably. If you do the same, you’ll have realised by now that there’s a lot of non-fiction in fiction and plenty of fiction in non-fiction. In fictitious stories, the author creates a world that works based on the structures of reality, often distorted just enough to make the story interesting. But it can only remain that way if we’re able to relate to it. In the process of making that story come to life in your head, you are responsible for its simulation, and it’s at that moment that you’re able to fully understand certain truths that non-fiction attempts to explain. On the other side of the spectrum, you have Virtual Reality which does all that work for you, not giving you much of a chance to, well, imagine.
By reading books more often your perception of reality starts to change for the better. Sure, you can stumble across some pretty negative views about the world, but keep reading more books and you'll start cross referencing that information, ultimately leading you to the truth.
I like to draw the analogy that living is like sailing in the middle of the sea. First of all, it's a good idea to be going somewhere, preferably in the right direction. Second, it's an ever better idea to know where you are. In life, however, it's hard to measure that. We don't have any specific tools for it. What's not a good idea is to be under the illusion that we're somewhere, when we're far. Conversely, sometimes you're closer to your destination than you think, and decide to relinquish your efforts. Being down to earth, or being in touch with reality, allows us to maintain sight of where we are and not get swallowed by the sea. Imagination motivates you to keep striving for that remote island you've always dreamed about. When you learn to use both, that's where you'll find freedom. End of part 4.