The following and all of the other episodes to come are snapshots of what goes on in my head, now and in the past. There are times none of this will make sense. There will be times when I might get lucky and the blog I post will be well constructed and will flow like a mountain stream to an awaiting lake below. Other times it will seem like the ramblings of a madman and you’ll ask yourself, “What the……?”
You should probably get use to the latter.
EPISODE THIRTY: Knowledge IS Power
I have always loved reading. It started with little kid books, then comic books and then novels. I went from small novels to big thousand page suckers.
In five days, I read The Stand, the uncut version, all 1472 pages. I couldn’t put it down. I stopped only to eat, sleep and relieve myself. Morning, Noon and night. And after I finished, part of me wanted to read it again.
I have read every Stephen King, every Tom Clancy, all the Harry Potter books, and about a thousand others. I read fiction and non-fiction. I read horror, science fiction, fantasy, classics, biographies, auto-biographies, memoirs, legends and folklore, inspirational, religious, books about space (Sagan, Hawking, Tyson), books about science, books about survival, physiology, philosophy, parapsychology, etc. Anything that sparks my interest, I’ll read it.
As much as I love movies and watching TV, I’d choose a book over any of those, anytime. A good book could take you anywhere and let you do anything. It can take you to the deepest part of the ocean or the furthest reaches of the Universe.
But most importantly, every book would teach you something. Every book you read, no matter what the subject, will give you knowledge that you didn’t have before. And that is the point. It doesn’t matter if you read for pleasure or just the sole purpose of learning something new, you WILL learn something.
I never understood some people. One of my favorite subjects is books and those people would say something to the effect of I don’t read or I don’t have time to read.
I’ve had people tell me that because they were forced to read in school that they never wanted to read for pleasure. For me, that’s like saying I was forced to breathe or eat and because of that, I don’t want to do either of those things.
Sure, I get it. Time is a precious thing and when you have to make a choice between going to work, dealing with house work, taking care of your kids or spouse, reading has to taken a back seat….but come on. How often have to sat down to watch brain numbing TV? Trust me, these people could find time to read. Or listen to an audio-book.
It’s true you don’t have to get your knowledge just from books. There are other sources, of courses (a little rhyme for you). You can get knowledge from TV (can be hard to find accurate knowledge from there) or reading the paper or magazine or just by going outside and observing people and things. Or experiencing life in general.
But in my little, old opinion reading far out weights those, except real life. That’s a close second. Books can open your world to place and things thousands of miles away from you or even millions of miles away. Unless you’re a astronaut, it would be really hard to experience life on the space station unless you read about it in a book by someone who has been there.
Books give you the chance to time travel or explore or to see things in a whole new light. It might even confirm something you have thought about for years.
They have always been a saving grace for me, not just when I was younger but even now. When there are days that you feel like you’ll never get through or feeling friendless or when the world feels like it’s caving in all around you, I could always read a book and escape. And it has always made me feel better.
Not only am I learning something new, I’ve got a new friend, a friend with characters, places and a great story.
If they only had Kindles or Nooks or iPads when I was a kid. Instead of taking just one book around, one world…I would have been able to take thousands of worlds with me. I probably wouldn’t have been able to afford one then but still, to know that was possible would have blowing my mind.
They are every where NOW and it still blows my mind. My Kindle is one of my favorite things I have ever known. Of course, I still buy regular books. I’ll never outgrow that. Just the smell of a new or even an old book makes me crave on what’s inside the cover. You’ll never get that from a digital book.
So, as the title says, knowledge IS power. It always will be. When I say that phrase, to me, it doesn’t mean to have power over somebody else, not entirely. I mean, it is nice to be one of the smartest people in the room. What it really says to me is to have more power in my own life. If a problem arises, odds are I know how to handle it due to reading and retaining knowledge. If I don’t, I know how to find the knowledge. I don’t have to rely on someone else to fix it or I can help someone who doesn’t know.
Knowledge IS power. The more you know as in many subjects as possible, the happier you’ll be. Don’t rely on others to give you the information, get it yourself. It’s there, all you have to do is pick it like fruit from a tree. It will nourish you and you’ll start to crave it. It’s honestly the best diet you can be on. Eat the fruit of knowledge. You can eat as much as you want and never get full.
Suddenly, I’m hungry…
I’ve decided to keep a blog about how I’m dealing with depression. I’m going to consider this a form of therapy. It might not help anybody else but it might help me.