Yesterday, going out with the dog, we met this little friend. Photo not very clear as he was trying to escape ….. we just got the back part among the leaves.
Since I have got a smartphone I changed my habits during transfer to and from the office. Before I was thinking, now I do read. On the phone.
In order to get free books to read I thought to go back to the stories I read many times during my childhood (now out of copyrights) starting from Verne’s Mysterious Island. This is the exercise that I decided (today) to define olderbooking. Of course, I read them now in their original language and full version, as was not the case many years ago. There is a sort of confort-feeling re-descovering the old friends and one understand several things about oneself, as the people and events described in those books certainly played an important influence on values and mindset.
Should I have read different boooks, would now I be a different person? I do think so. Reading is an important part of personality building and as some of those books were repeatedly read, their impact is undeniable.
Ex post, would I change my reading selection? Certainly. I do not think my choices were particularly apt to build a secure and open minded personality. And they did go all more or less in the same direction: good will, nice feelings, be supportive, respect the elders, sentimentalism etc. Not a lot of sense of adventure (or very controlled one) neither real respect for difference. And a quite classist vision of the world and the life.
I have read different things afterwords, but it was too late ……
PS in fact I had in mind another word starting with O for the same concept, probably coming from Latin, but cannot recall it