We contemplated books this week, but we are not the first.
John Steinbeck once said,
“A story has as many versions as it has readers. Everyone takes what he wants or can from it and thus changes it to his measure.”
Just prior to the publication of East of Eden,
Steinbeck wrote to his editor, Pat Covici,
“The reader shall take from my book what he brings to it. The dull-witted will find dullness, but the brilliant will find things I didn’t know were there.”
Georg Christoph Lichtenberg put it a little more harshly,
“A book is a mirror: If an ass peers into it, you can’t expect an apostle to look out.”
Heh, heh, heh.
PS – Simon Sinek makes a similar point, but about a different subject.
“Working hard for something we don’t care about is called stress;
working hard for something we love is called passion.”