What books should I read?
What's the purpose of reading books?
That's two questions I've been asking myself my whole life.
For the second question, I guess I've already got the answer.
I read as much as I can so that I can be a man with vision
I think that's the ultimate goal of reading. And I think that's the best gift reading can bring you.
And for the first question, I can't say I have the best answer. But I do have some experience to share.
First, you should read books which teach you things about culture.
Only by knowing a culture well can you deepen your thoughts. Only by knowing several cultures can you broaden your horizon.
Second, you should read books which teach you how to appreciate things.
The longing for beauty is what has been keeping human cultures developing. You need to know how to identify beauty and how to appreciate them.
Third, you should read books which teach you things from disciplines that you don't know yet.
There are too many still left to know. We can't assume that we've already known enough.
Fourth, you should read books which teach you about all the new things happening now.
The world is constantly changing. You need to keep pace with it.
Finally, you should read books which entertain you.
You are not a learning machine. You need to enjoy the physical and mental pleasure that every human enjoys. This recovers you and gives you energy to learn better.
These are the 5 kinds of books that I make myself read. And I think everybody should read them.
Don't you agree with me?