• Debbie Rasure

Reaching across time and space

"A book is made from a tree.

It is an assemblage of flat, flexible parts

(still called "leaves") imprinted with

dark pigmented squiggles.

One glance at it and you hear the voice of another person, perhaps someone dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia the author is speaking, clearly and silently, inside your head, directly to you.

Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people, citizens of distant epochs, who never knew one another.

Books break the shackles of time―

proof that humans can work magic."

~ Carl Sagan, American astronomer

This quote so eloquently expresses the essence of something I've loved all my life - books.

The notion that an object as simple as a collection of paper and ink can transcend time and space to communicate ideas, record events worth remembering, share experiences, and reveal truth is mind-boggling and thrilling.

Think about what life would be like if humankind hadn't begun writing. How would we know who we are? Where we come from? Who we're becoming, and where we're going? And just think of the joy of imagined worlds and lives we would miss!

I won't live long enough to read all the books I want to. I can only hope there's a really BIG library in heaven.

Your turn. . .

Do you enjoy reading? What's your favorite book? Has a book ever changed your life?

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