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