Category Archives: Reading

Beating Apocalyptical Anxiety

Beating Apocalyptical Anxiety

There will always be rocks in the road ahead of us. They will be stumbling blocks or stepping stones; it all depends on how you use them. —Friedrich Nietzsche

If history is mankind’s silver bullet for apocalyptic anxiety, and I believe it is, then writing and reading are most certainly its best delivery methods. It seems as if the exercise provided for our minds when we compose literature or engage with it in a book helps to bring us out of a gray world of loss to a light of possibility. Nietzsche’s idea of Eternal Recurrence is not new to us, and most of us would agree that while our mistakes are clearly repeated, so too our triumphs are just as obviously recurring. Friedrich Nietzsche’s creation of the historical test of one’s attitude toward life, the proposal to live fully, taking all of the bad along with the good is exactly what one must do when exploring lives in worlds that came before. And that’s why writing and reading stories of our history can give us the map to lead us out of despair when we’re lost. Continue Reading

Oh, Come All Ye Faithful!

Oh, Come All Ye Faithful!

 “A room without books is like a body without a soul.”― Marcus Tullius Cicero That decree to the masses, an order to arrive in Bethlehem to view the newborn son of God, suggests many things. Among them is the inference that there will be many of these ‘faithful’ who should put down whatever they’re doing and… Continue Reading

We Need To Read

We Need To Read

Can you remember the last book you read cover to cover? Of course I can! What a ridiculous question. Except In our hectic lives, a lot of us lack the time or patience to finish a book. Well whose fault is that? Why not make the time and work on the patience?  And after a long day at work we end up spending [wasting] time on less attention-intensive entertainment [substitute mind candy here], like binge-watching Netflix shows. True, but no one can control that addiction but the person whose appetite is out-of-control. Continue Reading