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I guess I have been wasting my time, immersing in non-fiction.
So one need learn to read to learn empathy huh...?

I don't think that's the takeaway here.


I find reading gives one an incredible view inside the mind, thoughts, and experiences of another person. It's like they are giving a piece of themselves away. I don't mean entertainment books but serious book s like Animal Farm (where we now live) anything by Anne Rand, Antoine de Saint- Exupery, Poe, so many incredible insights into another's life view we don't see that closely even into a mates mind. It's fascinating.


Thanks for sharing this! As a writer, poet and lyricist I've found myself "living" in my characters...what they do, why they do it, how they respond to situations, interact with others I also have to "get inside the heads of",...

I was doing this before I could read but felt an immediate bond to many of the characters in stories I was told. Largely as an escape mechanism, I found myself in a fantasy world of my own creation.

Anyway, this article explains my creative side much better than I've yet been able.

This is a primary reason I'm an apatheist, but that is yet another tale.


I don't know what it does to your brain, but it makes you near-sighted as heck!


Tell me, I would really like to know

You could always try reading one...


I go to a thrift shop for my books and buy a few if they have some I haven't read . I give more money and then some to the charity itself and when i finish reading them I take them back again. I like it as there are mmany books there that i have read many times but can't remember (I'm 70+)


It makes my brain awfully damn happy !


I don’t know it my mother raised me to respect books.... “If one can burn books are people not far behind “. I have read 100s of books in recent years mostly WW2 and political and bios.... I don’t know about others but I really do get lost in books. For an example I’ve been read much on the Marines in the pacific and more specifically the island hoping which almost brings me to tears....


I learned to read at a really young age, four years old, I seemed to just crack the code (wish I could have done the same for maths) I remember the most beautiful trip was walking from our house to the library which used to be a Manor House and was situated in parkland with ducks and geese and swans on the lake; so it was tempting to go - I had seven books out on my ticket and the Librarian wanted to find out if I had actually read them all in the one week so she quizzed me about the stories and I answered all her questions about the plotlines etc. and she allowed me to go to the adult section of the library thereafter.

So I think it does do something to your brain expands a consciousness that wouldn't otherwise be there - a sense of otherness and the point of relationship and also a love of story - I think that the most intimate times in my life have been in personal storytelling group s in a large tipi with a fire and sharing stories of your past and how different everyones stories are.

Interesting. Especially the storytelling groups in a tipi.


Great article!


It raises my spirits. Seriously, the shit some people know. Right now it's The Language Of Creation by Matthieu Pageau. I don't know what I would do without these people.


Soaks it in knowledge.


Awesome! I love to get involved in a good book.

I heard that


Depends on what kind of book you're reading. ?


I don’t know what it does my brain....I just know I love whatever it is! Haven’t been reading so much since joining this site though, but for the winter ahead I have a whole stash ready and waiting!!


I do not know what I would do without books. When I am finishing a great book, I hate to see it end. I almost feel like I am losing a friend when I close the cover. A book that I recently finished, "A Gentleman in Moscow", was one such book. I wish I had known this man, and I learned a lot about perspective and honor from this book. I keep giving books away to the "Friends of the Library" store, only to find more books that I want to read. What a happy problem.

when you hate to see a story end and almost mourn it - that is a good book. It means the writer truly bought the characters to life

Well said as if you stold those thoughts and feelings from my head


Very interesting! I have been a book reader for years and I just gave up my more than a thousand books, as I am downsizing! I also had a period where I did not want to read, the thoughts of other people...I wanted to delve deeper into what my own thought are! However, I am starting to collect books again! Just cannot stop reading and it may be more important than I realized, even in old age!

I've been reading almost compulsively since I was a little kid. I'm going to give away some of books soon to my ex-wife who opened a used book store. Gotta make room for some more.

After I read most of my books I give them to friends and people I work out with... books are the greats gift


Since I was a child, I have immersed myself in reading books. Reading teaches me about different cultures, people, countries, parts of the country, families and lifestyles.

In my teens, I began doing literature surveys, reading great authors from different countries and cultures. I extensively read Russian literature from Dostoyevsky to Solzhenitsyn.

South American literature, with its fascinating mix of mysticism, magical thinking and religion. Pablo Neuruda, Gabriel García Márquez, Jorge Amado and Isabel Allende.

Black literature, gay literature: all increased my understanding and compassion for other people.

Reading immeasurably enriches my life.


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