Day 18 – Books-A-Gazillion
“The smallest bookstore still contains more ideas of worth than have been presented in the entire history of television.”
Books. Books. Books. Countless books. I love to read–always have.
But don’t get me wrong by the Ross quote above. As a media-driven guy, I love movies and various television shows, but his point is well taken. The amount of information recorded since the inception of written language is considerable, even mind-blowing.
Think of a world without books. Consider all the history that would either be lost or skewed by generations of word-of-mouth storytellers. Consider all the information that has been lost because no one bothered to write it, or because a culture had no written language. I’d be interested to know how much we don’t know because it was never written.
I’ve seen various numbers regarding the total number of books in print…sources say the number of titles are in the millions, and actual printed books are in the billions. I have no idea, and I don’t really care.
Point inferred, there are ‘gazillions’ of written works, an unending treasure trove of stories, facts, ideas, people, places, and times. The human race is not an information deprived species. Fortunately, there have always been men and women willing to write for the education and enjoyment of others. And for those writers, I am thankful.