Are Books a Luxury, or Necessity?
Are they a luxury, something that is nice to have, but not needed? Or are they a necessity, where you must have them? Do they add to your life and home? Or do you feel they are just something that sits on a shelf, collecting dust?
Books offer a wide breadth of information, experience, and knowledge. But unlike many electronic mediums, they can have more of a personal impact. Touching us personally as we feel the leather bound books in our hands. As we turn the pages, taking in the smell of the paper, the crisp feel between our finger tips. Books inform us about other people, countries, customs and cultures. They help to teach ourselves about history, the arts, science, religion, nature, mathematics, the list is endless. Books also help us to understand the effect that all those things have on us, and our world.
Books give us ideas that we might not have had before. They might make us think about new situations, or make us think about situations that we already know about but in a different way. In this way, they help us to develop intellectually.
Literature is born from the human need to tell stories, stories about one self or about others. All of the stories, the myths, the fables and the novels, including those addressed to children are in fact, the result of this wish and this basic need: they help us to live, to survive; they help children to grow up and develop.
In my life, books provide both an escape, and a place to find new ideas. When I delve into a book, the four walls that encompass me seem to melt away. It’s as if I’m checking all of my feelings and emotions at the door, I enter a room and just lose all sense of everything around me. Hours can pass, and feel as if only minutes had ticked by.
How do you feel when you learn someone does not own a single book? Me, I feel a sense of sorrow for them. The house just seems so sad, as if there is void where something should be. For me, books are just one of the things that turn a house into a home.
Books change us in ways we are not always aware of. Sometimes we pick up vocabulary that we weren’t using before. This type of change is easy to notice. Sometimes books create more subtle changes in us. We might open our eyes to a new culture, or idea. Books challenge and expand our minds.