T3: Your post got me thinking. I mean for starters that book shelf describes mine and practically the book shelves of most of my friends.
A nibble here, a nibble there and not a mouthful anywhere. What is needed is focus and perseverance – not two days’ worth of everything. This is a classic, and i find it like most classics basically good to hear and say. Let me explain, its a common misconception that everything you know should aid towards a better life in some way. If you read 10 books then there needs to be a certain outcome or expertise, if you watch 10 movies there needs to be some awakening, why ?
Why cant things be done for the joy of doing them, why are they connected to the long unwinding road. I constantly make it a point to
do things which seem interesting, this does not necessarily mean i am telling you “I live for the moment” or whatever, what i am trying to say is the concept of estimation of usefullness is by itself flawed. And there is enough time in ones life for stuff to aggregate, 2 books a year for over 25 years is a good 50 books and enough “knowledge” (*cough, dont even get me started on whether books help us gain them) to actually gain perspective.
Why limit the great joy of discovery by something as trivial as usefullness in the large context? Because that view of usefullness is bound to change too…Eg:”I think there is a world market for about five computers” — Remark attributed to Thomas J. Watson (Chairman of the Board of International Business Machines), 1943.
I discovered a long time ago, that matching everything against the eternal scale of usefulness errr… is well not useful(fun).
Do whats fun, I hope one of those fun things will help in the future but if they dont, Hey! Shit happens!