Why do people engage
in the solitary activity of
reading or writing,
especially when they don’t have to?
There are 4 reasons¹.
For that, however, you need to use the DOOR.
(1) for RELIEF
To set aside the ordinariness or drudgery of the day. I need a change. I need to step outside of my ordinariness and let my mind go elsewhere–nowhere in particular. Pulp fiction nests here (along with the works of other human beaks and claws).
(2) for HOPE
There is something out there that is “bright” and goes beyond where I am. Reading–the Bible, religious literature, fiction, or a biography; or making a grocery list–that’s much more than a list of food items; or creating a story–fiction or an autobiographical account–² provides a window permitting the viewing of “greater expectations”³ on the other side of the glass.
(3) to feed CURIOSITY
How did that come about? Or, how is/was that made? What led to this or that? What if there were A, B, and/or C? How would that affect D, E, and/or F?
(4) to fulfill a DUTY
To be a complete person, or what I consider to be a sufficiently educated person, I need to be informed about this or that, or to react to “it” in a certain way, or consider how others have confronted these things or circumstances–actually…or in stories I create.
Reading (usually) and writing are very solitary–perhaps often selfish–activities that many enjoy. For some, it is a time-consuming activity that occurs irrespective of financial gain. Perhaps it is part of what we include as our being created in the Image of God.
Why do we do this? This calls for more words at one time than this website begs us to limit ourselves to. The four purposes above were came together on a–solitary–hike no more than 2000+ Fitbit steps.
I invite your response to this.
¹ I consider this post a draft–a first draft. (Check the next-to-last sentence above.)
² For lit nerds: Notice how in a case like this: If I employ semicolons instead of commas, I can use more than one breezy em dash in a sentence and get away with it… Color, of course, is out of the box.
³ A bad pun playing off of “Great Expectations,” the most boring novel I was ever forced to read in school. It was so boring I never forgot “it”–only the details that made it up.