This picture is of The Book of Life sculpture by artist David Krakov. It is a metal sculpture. At first I thought it was a burning book but instead it is 2,547 butterflies coming out of the book. The pages are words from children survivors of the Chernobyl Disaster on 25 April 1986. the sculpture is made in honor of Rabbi Yossi Raichik who is credited with saving 2, 547 children in that disaster.
Without knowing that story it could also represent the vibrant ideas and thoughts that come from reading good books. Books can not only take us places and help us feel things that we never have imagined in life, but can also stimulate our thoughts in such a way to create new things in our minds and lives never imagined by the authors. Books can have a power almost magical to entertain but also to fuel new and wonderful creations in the minds of the readers.
Now with such a great lead in I'm not sure that the books I have read this time rise too far above the entertainment level but we'll see.
The Retrival Artist by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
The Disappeared by Kristine Kathryn Rusch
Transfer of Power by Vince Flynn
Ranger's Apprentice Book 4: The Battle for Skandia by John Flanagan
Something to consider: “The poor and the affluent are not communicating because they do not have the same words. When we talk of the millions who are culturally deprived, we refer not to those who do not have access to good libraries and bookstores, or to museums and centers for the performing arts, but those deprived of the words with which everything else is built, the words that open doors. Children without words are licked before they start. The legion of the young wordless in urban and rural slums, eight to ten years old, do not know the meaning of hundreds of words which most middle-class people assume to be familiar to much younger children. Most of them have never seen their parents read a book or a magazine, or heard words used in other than rudimentary ways related to physical needs and functions. Thus is cultural fallout caused, the vicious circle of ignorance and poverty reinforced and perpetuated. Children deprived of words become school dropouts; dropouts deprived of hope behave delinquently. Amateur censors blame delinquency on reading immoral books and magazines, when in fact, the inability to read anything is the basic trouble.” Peter S. Jennison
It occurs to me that a person who is able to read and chooses to read material that is harmful or desensitizing risks being not only equally uninformed and without hope as those who can't read. Thus making many of the same mistakes in living their lives as those who can't read.