“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.” — Blaise Pascal
Food For Thought
The Best Technology
The most useful definition of technology we’ve heard is simply, “the ability to do more with less.”
At Mission HQ, we think of books and reading as technologies.
We only live one life, but through books, we can gain the wisdom of 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.
Books are the most undervalued and underappreciated technology in the world.
How do we know they’re so valuable? We need only to examine how the best and the worst people throughout history have viewed books.
The worst seek to downplay, ban, or burn them. The fact that books have haters who are willing to destroy them confirms their power.
The best adore books… and aren’t afraid to celebrate them.
Like every other technology, if we use books without intentions or guides, they often lead nowhere.
But when we learn how to appropriately value, select, and acquire them with stakes and incentives (buy them, read them, then discuss with friends or a book club)… books become priceless.
Books might be one of the more perfect technologies, but they still have limitations. They don’t work until we do the work of reading them. They’re largely useless until we take the plunge, purchase one, dive in with good intentions and fresh eyes, and then find the books good enough to re-read.
Technology can’t change our lives, only we can. When we take a perfect technology like books and wield them for good, we’ll build habits that can change our lives, lift up those around us, or even gain the secrets necessary to create new types of perfect technology.
7 Habits Reading Help You Build
“Books are the training weights of the mind.” –Seneca
Reading books can mold your mindset and rewire your brain. These are the 7 Habits That Books and Reading Help You Build.
For a deep discussion of these habits and more, check out our Mission Daily episodes:
The Power of Reading
“Since the invention of writing, reading has played an important role in conferring an identity on people. Reading was always regarded as a source of prestige and a marker of refinement and culture. With so much at stake, reading is not simply about absorbing a text but often also about putting on a performance.”
Are You Listening?
Are Audiobooks As Good For You As Reading?
“Even for people who love books, finding the opportunity to read can be a challenge. Many, then, rely on audiobooks, a convenient alternative to old-fashioned reading. You can listen to the latest bestseller while commuting or cleaning up the house.
But is listening to a book really the same as reading one?”
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This was originally published on March 26, 2019 as The Mission’s daily newsletter. To subscribe, go here.
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