heard this several times since I was a kid. most of the time it came from people who didn’t read or read as much as I did. a few times it came from some who thought it silly to have tons of books. to be honest, I look at the books I’ve retained over the years and it doesn’t seem like I’ve saved enough.
for some people, they think that the only books we learn from are those taught in school, self-help publications, and anything non-fiction. even had someone express that you couldn’t possibly learn anything from fictional books because all of the information is imaginative. books are like people though, in the sense that there’s something to be learned from everything/everyone.
a lot of the things I’ve done in life that seemed daring or courageous, I’ve read about first. when I was a kid and I wanted to combat my insecurities, I read fictional books of people with the same issues to see how they got over their hurdles. some of the greatest ideas I’ve had to create, started out with me reading a book first. racism, prejudice, discrimination, I knew how to label it when it happened to me because I read about it happening to others, too. reading has always been a life experience for me, not just a bunch of words on blank paper.
there are so many things that I’ve read from fiction, nonfiction, biographies, self-help, reference materials, psychological journals, scripts, etc. that I was never taught…and I’ll continue to read even more. as long as I have eyes to see, I’ll always learn and apply where/if necessary.
so I’ll always have a different perspective about books saving lives. maybe if some people had a more diverse selection of reading material, they’d see how this is possible.