So, I went to go see Star Wars: Last Jedi last night and walked away with a strange and wonderful insight! Screw you Disney and your morals! *shakes fist* …I’m sorry. I love you, Disney… *thinks of fond childhood memories* *does a little dance to internal ‘Little Mermaid’ montage* But, I digress….
There was a scene (don’t worry, it’s not a spoiler) where Yoda (come on! It’s not a spoiler! He shows up ALL THE TIME!) burns some books to teach Luke a lesson. The lesson really blew my mind:
Books are nothing without readers to share their content and meaning with each other. They are just words on a page (NEVER to discount the arduous time Authors take to put those words there!!) but, it’s like the saying “if a tree falls in the woods, does it make a sound?” If a book is written, and there’s no one around to read it… what is it, really?
Until those words are shared, taught, explored… they hold no meaning. No journey.
It may me feel how important it is to be spreading that word. The love of reading. Not everyone is going to like every book that you read and try to force on them, but never give up telling people! They will remember what you said and they may find someone else who sparks that memory and causes them to say “hey, you know what I think you might like??”
I’m not saying that everyone should start a blog or something. I’m hoping to make this more personal than that. Social media is all well and good, and a great way to get the word to the masses, but, maybe we should all start reaching out to real people in our lives and communities and spread those words as well! Let’s remember what talking to people is like and remind ourselves that way back when things weren’t even written down, but were passed down through generations by word of mouth.
In this age of increasing technology and isolation it’s too easy to forget about the written word, and it’s also too easy to push a “Like” button without really reading the words that were written by someone (I hope this doesn’t happen too frequently… but, I’ve already seen it a number of times). Which is why reaching out and talking personally is so important.
So, what I’m trying to say, is let’s read our little hearts out
And let’s make sure we are keeping that book alive by spreading its message (now I sound like I’m preaching… but really, reading IS my religion! Lol!)
Books are only alive if we breathe the life into them!
Thank you, Yoda, for your insightful message and for reminding me of what is important!
Thank you for reading my rant, and CHEERS!!