A little bit about BookMattic (Matt Hutson) and the meaning of the quote
For this week's Monday Madness Post I decided to go with a quote from one of my favorite books, Kushiel's Dart by Jacqueline Carey. I also thought it would be a good idea to share a little more about myself.
This quote from Kushiel's Dart has surprisingly changed my life quite a bit. Before coming to Indonesia 5 years ago I didn't read that much. I don't know why I didn't, I guess maybe it was because I didn't feel like I had the time to read and plus I'm not that fast of a reader.
But over time after I came here I started to realize the benefits of reading and started to enjoy it more (while improving my reading speed). Kushiel's Dart was the first book I read when I came to Indonesia. I bought it at a second hand book store called 'Barley Read Books' (they're hardly barley read) in Portland, Oregon, USA thinking it would be nice to have something to read on the long flight over here and in my downtime before or after teaching English (yes I'm an English teacher in Indonesia). However not realizing how much I would love this book, I only bought the first book out of six!
After reading Kushiel's Dart my love for reading formed into a bud, not quite a blooming flower. But to tell you the truth, I was dying to read the next book in the Kushiel's Legacy series. I practically waited a year before I took a short holiday away from teaching back to Portland, and bought the next five books in the series from the same second hand bookstore (plus a few others to keep me busy for a while) before heading back to Indonesia just three weeks later.
Since that point in my life I have gradually been reading more and more, and faster and faster like a runner preparing for a marathon. Finally after five years of reading casually, my love for reading has blossomed into a beautiful flower and I've taken the time and passion to start this book blog hoping that it will bring the joy of reading to others all around the world.
About the quote
All knowledge from anything we read or listen to is worth having even if we can't use the knowledge we learn at the time, we possibly can find a use for it in the future.
Since my reading spree I've read quite a mix of different things that I feel have brought me closer to being more knowledgeable. We can never stop learning. The way I see it, is I'm going to try and learn as much as I can while I'm still on this Earth and use the knowledge I gain to help others and better my own life.
Keep in mind though that it will only benefit you or others if you use the knowledge you gain from reading. If you read and gain the knowledge but never use it, it will almost surely becomes pointless. Nonetheless, reading is one of the best ways to gain knowledge.
So I say, everyone should start picking up books and opening up Flipboard or their preferred apps for reading articles and just start reading anything and everything you can get a hold of. You never know when that knowledge might come in handy.
What do you all think of this quote? What does it mean to you? Leave a comment below.