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In Search of The Meaning of the City
Itâ€™s called the idiot box by many. Thereâ€™s a reason for that, and itâ€™s not because the actors behave like idiots. Itâ€™s because you cannot sit in front of a television like a vegetable for hours and days on end and expect to have enhanced your mind.
Thereâ€™s a reason why reading books has such a powerful effect on a personâ€™s mental development. The mind must perform so many tasks just to accomplish the comprehension of the story. Itâ€™s really quite amazing.
Having said that, I sit and, on average, watch two or three hours of television per day. Itâ€™s time lost that can never be regained. Still, I canâ€™t say that I regret it.
I read books when I happen across a keeper. Iâ€™ve just read an excellent review of Annie Dillardâ€™s Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, so I think that will be one of my next picks. Right now I am starting The Meaning of the City, by Jacques Ellul. Iâ€™m trying to regain some of that edge I had while in college, when my mind felt razor sharp compared to these past few years.
I could only get ahold of Ellulâ€™s books through interlibrary loan, so I have to finish it off within the next three weeks. Ordinarily, three weeks is nothing for a book, but weâ€™re getting busier and busier lately. No complaints. Just the facts.