It requires a lot of courage to truly get to know oneself. And even more courage to then live that truth. This is especially hard in a society that — whilst it encourages individuality — is mostly set up for the efficiency that conformity brings.
We only live one life, but through reading books, we can gain the wisdom from thousands. When an author writes, re-writes, and edits, they are turning their words into a more perfect version of themselves. When you read, you get to spend time in a meditative state with a wise person’s more perfect self.