The passing of Harper Lee moved me to looking at some of the less frequently visited corners of my bookcase to hunt down my very old copy of To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s time to read it again.
But as I stood there staring at the books I’d read and loved I was drawn to others that I also haven’t touched for decades. Fiction like Jude the Obscure and Catch 22 and business and self-improvement books that spoke to me at the time and I kept for future reference. Books like Mans Search for Meaning, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and What They Don’t Teach You at Harvard………………
For me it feels like a good time to dip into some of those old-faithfuls, rediscover their meaning and, with many more years under my belt, discover new things in them that I just wasn’t ready to learn the first time.
And this brings me to a quotation I saw this morning from Alvin Toffler an American writer and futurist: “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn”
I plan to make the trip to the bookcase a bit more now and see what needs to be learned and relearned.
I’ll leave the last words to Harper Lee herself:
“The book to read is not the one which thinks for you, but the one which makes you think……………”