It’s been interesting to see the type of books that have been added to this individual’s library.
As the quality of books goes down, faster the resolve to pick certain ones up… before they disappear from print.
In fact, books, as we once knew them, appear to be going extinct. Most now appear to be escapist amusement… or display of grandiose listings of generalized, functional facts. The lesson behind the matter is less fluid.
As we see book stores closing down, and a heavy sanitation of subject matter, the more Rod Sterling’s play of the Obsolete Man comes to mind.
What is the new function of the learned?
Research papers are now mostly online based. Gone are the days when encyclopedia references are displayed proudly at home. As we gain more conveniences, we find less of a need to question the formulas set upon us — and simply build upon those formulas. Simply because it works towards the desired result.
Yet we are clueless… to the end result.
Currently, this individual is in the process of moving into a new house. Just about all of the books are in storage at this point, although found the need to keep ten at bay just prior to the move.
Here is a basic list:
- The Bible (King James Version)
- The Scriptures 1998 (Institute for Scriptural Research)
- Tanach (Stone Edition)
- Complete Jewish Bible (Stern)
- The Interlinear Bible (Hebrew/Greek/English, Green)
- Strong’s Concordance
- Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary
- Behold a Pale Horse (Cooper)
- The New World Order (Epperson)
- Large fictional book to study as social commentary (shall remain nameless)
Didn’t realize the totality of books actually kept, until now. And mind you that these are not necessarily the favorites – there are many other good ones on hold (perhaps they will be shared in due season).
But this is the material near my bedside. It shares some interesting observations.
Which leads to the question – what are the ten books you currently reference? What type of material do they exploit, and what purpose do they serve?
It may tell you something.
Anyways, that is it for now. Go ahead and watch the Episode if you haven’t yet. Good night.