Change-How we see things?
American philosopher Dr. Wayne Dyer once told us that, “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” And so the passion for writing goes for many authors, for to change the way one person sees the world is a success. Writing is a passion for almost everyone with whom I meet. Within every person is a story waiting to escape. But, what of the act of reading?
Is Heraclitus correct? If it is true that, “there is nothing permanent except change,” then what of the future of reading? Books, magazines, stories of every type and the way in which they are consumed have remained the same for hundreds of years. While it is true the medium for conveying text is now often electronic; the text remains the same. Walter Mosley, writing in the Wall Street Journal, notes that reading “forces us to interpret the material world . . .” Interpretation, as Mosley states, is unique to the individual.
Imagination-How we read things?
So what of the future of reading? According to New York Magazine, the future of reading is the phone, not e-readers, nor printed books. Aldous Huxley predicted the future as that of “feelies,” the consumption of media through a direct contact with the brain in the form of emotion. However, Mosley believes that, for at least the near future, reading will remain the interaction of the ABC’s with the imagination of the individual reader. It may seem contrary to Heraclitus, but there appears to be one constant in a sea of change, a desire to interact with the subconscious and imagination of one human to another. For it is in the human imagination accessed through a good book that binds two minds in the form of a good story.