In Praise of Useless Reading

"One of the great reasons to read works of the imagination is to overcome our habitual disposition toward utility." - Jessica Hooten Wilson

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Bert Perry's picture

If nothing else, reading fiction and poetry allows one to develop the mental "chops" to understand the same, and it moreover gives you the tools to tell a story or sing a song well.  I was using these skills (perhaps poorly) yesterday when I was leading a class in child protection--having experienced a bit of "how things can go wrong", I was able to tell stories, which seemed to go over a lot better than the principles.  It's a powerful method of communication.

Aspiring to be a stick in the mud.

Andrew K's picture

"Everyone knows the usefulness of what is useful, but few know the usefulness of what is useless."

-Zhuangzi (庄子)