Thursday, June 2, 2011

You won't read everything out there that's worth reading...

... or watch everything worth watching, or go to every place you've dreamed of visiting.

An interesting article on how people choose what to do with their limited time, and their attitudes towards the books, movies, and general experiences they'll need to leave untouched.
If "well-read" means "not missing anything," then nobody has a chance. If "well-read" means "making a genuine effort to explore thoughtfully," then yes, we can all be well-read. But what we've seen is always going to be a very small cup dipped out of a very big ocean, and turning your back on the ocean to stare into the cup can't change that.

* Found via Arts & Letters Daily.

4 comments:

Relyn said...

Hey, you. Oh, I do love that quote. Love it. It gives much food for thought. I haven't been around the blog block in weeks. The school year ended and that's always hectic. Anyway, I just wanted to drop by and say hello. And to tell you that I missed you while I was away. I hope you have a wonderful summer.

Lucy said...

Wonderful article, so cheering somehow, thanks for that. And it doesn't even cover reading blogs!

naida said...

That's a thought provoking quote and article!
It's so true though, we all inevitably miss out on some amazing books. On the other hand, we do get to discover some wonderful reads.

HKatz said...

And to tell you that I missed you while I was away. I hope you have a wonderful summer.
Welcome back, Relyn :) I hope you have a wonderful summer too.

On the other hand, we do get to discover some wonderful reads.
That's an attitude I like. We won't see everything, but that doesn't mean we won't see anything good.

Wonderful article, so cheering somehow, thanks for that. And it doesn't even cover reading blogs!
You're welcome. And thanks for reading and commenting here - that point you make about blogs is true. They need to be included.
Thank you all for taking the time to come here when there are so many other options.