In today's digital world, our
work and personal lives run on the
current of connectivity. An environment in which communication happens
at the speed of light, across wires, networks and devices. Texts, memes
and emoticons boil down thoughts and emotions to bytes and bits. And as
a result, we don't have time to savor the art of communication as we
In contrast, a book is like a stew, slowly
simmering on the stove. All the ingredients are there, in their purest
form for the senses to drink in. A compelling author lays their soul
bare and beckons the reader to explore their passions, observations and
experiences. And in that moment a real conversation ensues and the
reader is transformed through the artistry of the writer.
books have now also been digitized.The letters and images converted to
ones and zeros, then compressed and stored as electrons on to a
chip of silicon. Yet, the experience of staring at a backlit screen can
be underwhelming and its long term side effects still unknown.
as we ride this tidal wave of technology into an unknown future, we
find ourselves at a tipping poing between the real and virtual worlds.
Before we step blindly into that abyss, we should all be asking
ourselves, how much of our individual human experience should be
dependent upon and delivered to us through devices and streaming
A real or printed book doesn't require
batteries. It is not dependent upon a operating system upgrade. It
doesn't need to be plugged in or turned on. It doesn't surreptitiously
collect and share our interests and habits with huge multi-national
corporations. It has weight, texture and scent. The materials have a
life-span and age well or poorly, depending on how they're treated. Not
too different from ourselves. Books wait patiently on shelves, in boxes
or libraries for us to dust them off and immerse ourselves in their
wisdom or levity.
Printed books have been coveted, collected
and inherited, since their inception. They have always embodied
something special about the human experience and we at Enlightened
Paths think they still do. That is why we will continue to procure,
protect and promote them as long as we're able.