Rules of Reading Books

  1. There is always a new book with some new knowledge; it is helpful to think of yourself as stuck in one book that never ends.
  2. Skipping parts of a book is okay. Good readers skip freely.
  3. Knowledge and fun is what you gain after reading a book.
  4. There is no one way to read a book, but many.
  5. Reading books sometimes conforms with the rule: the more brains, the less muscle i.e. knowledge and brains help us use less muscle.
  6. No one knows how to read a book fast.
  7. No one knows how to truthfully motivate a person to read a book.
  8. Truthfully, you only read books for the sake of making the most of your daily work.
  9. Everyone is stuck on page 1 for an hour.
  10. No one finds reading fun for as long as they live.
  11. Everyone gives up reading.
  12. The bookworms come back to read after giving up. Indeed, it is their hobby.
  13. The ‘Dunning-Kruger Effect’ says that you know nothing and will always know nothing.
  14. Bookworms dare to buy a book even when they haven’t read the last 13 ones.

The Real Enemies in Our Society

The religious, proud sort of people are the worst kinds of people in our society. They are the real serpents. Not the prostitutes, or those committing a lot of affairs and such sort of stuff. C. S. Lewis in his book said that pride was the complete anti-God state of mind and the centre of morality did not lie in sexual morality.

An excerpt: “The vice I am talking of is Pride or Self-Conceit: and the virtue opposite to it, in Christian morals, is called Humility. You may remember, when I was talking about sexual morality, I warned you that the centre of Christian morals did not lie there. Well, now, we have come to the centre. According to Christian teachers, the essential vice, the utmost evil, is Pride. Unchastity, anger, greed, drunkenness, and all that, are mere flea bites in comparison: it was through Pride that the devil became the devil: Pride leads to every other vice: it is the complete anti-God state of mind.”

Also: “The sexual impulse may drive two men into competition if they both want the same girl But that is only by accident; they might just as likely have wanted two different girls. But a proud man will take your girl from you, not because he wants her, but just to prove to himself that he is a better man than you. Greed may drive men into competition if there is not enough to go round; but the proud man, even when he has got more than he can possibly want, will try to get still more just to assert his power. Nearly all those evils in the world which people put down to greed or selfishness are really far more the result of Pride.”

The thing I always notice is how much Jesus was averse to the proud religious people: the Scribes and the Pharisees. They were the ones who were close to committing the ‘Unforgivable Sin’ of blaspheming the Holy Spirit. No one else was that against Jesus as they were.

So, how to not be an enemy of the society? C. S. Lewis answers very well: “If anyone would like to acquire humility, I can, I think, tell him the first step. The first step is to realise that one is proud. And a biggish step, too. At least, nothing whatever can be done before it. If you think you are not conceited, it means you are very conceited indeed.”

So, now I come to admit that I am a proud man.

The Real Enemies

On multiple places, I have heard the same angry stuff from Jesus against the religious, self-content snobs.

So, now a lot of stuff is clear for me now. In this world, nothing is that important that we should worship it; nothing. Not money, not sex, nothing. A life of relationship is not better than a single life. And, the real enemies are not the prostitutes or the people who are cast onto the edge of the society; but rather the proud, religious, self-righteous snobs.

But, the real enemy is not religion. The real serpents are the proud people and they tend to be religious and self-righteous. (Like it was during the time of Jesus Christ.)

Note to self: If I am a humble man, I won’t feel that bad when I come across the proud ones. And C. S. Lewis also said that seldom has he seen any non-Christian admit that he was a proud man. So, that means I am going to meet a lot of proud people in my life. “In fact, if you want to find out how proud you are the easiest way is to ask yourself, “How much do I dislike it when other people snub me, or refuse to take any notice of me, or shove their oar in, or patronise me, or show off?” The point is that each person’s pride is in competition with every one else’s pride. It is because I wanted to be the big noise at the party that I am so annoyed at someone else being the big noise. Two of a trade never agree. Now what you want to get clear is that Pride is essentially competitive—is competitive by its very nature—while the other vices are competitive only, so to speak, by accident.” – C. S. Lewis.

Personality ratings of the characters of The Chronicles of Narnia :- King Tirian – (9/10)

  • Extremely strong character; the strongest character in all the kings of Narnia.
  • Unlike the other kings, he was unmarried and did not like the pomp and splendour of Cair Paravel. He lived far from it in some plain old shack.
  • Not his physical appearance, but it augments every bit of his character: “His name was King Tirian, and he was between twenty and twenty-five years old; his shoulders were already broad and strong and his limbs, full of hard muscle, but his beard was still scanty. He had blue eyes and a fearless, honest face.” Fearless, honest face.
  • Life had made him mature while he was still very young. About twenty to twenty-five years of age.
  • “Ho, there!” said the King, looking over his shoulder towards the door of the hunting lodge. “A bowl of wine for the noble Centaur. Welcome, Roonwit. When you have found your breath, you shall tell us your errand.”
  • “Yes,” said the King with a great sigh, almost a shiver, of delight. “It is beyond all that I ever hoped for in all my life.” – on the news that Aslan could be coming to Narnia, like any honest king should hope.
  • “A lie!” said the King fiercely. “What creature in Narnia or all the world would dare to lie on such a matter?” And, without knowing it, he laid his hand on his sword hilt.
  • “Calormenes!” thundered Tirian. “What do you mean? Who gave order for these trees to be felled?”
  • “Aslan,” said the King at last, in a very low voice. “Aslan. Could it be true? Could he be felling the holy trees and murdering the Dryads?”
  • “Well,” said the King at last, “we must go on and take the adventure that comes to us.”
  • Suddenly the King leaned hard on his friend’s neck and bowed his head. “Jewel,” he said, “What lies before us? Horrible thoughts arise in my heart. If we had died before to-day we should have been happy.”
  • “Oh, well done, daughter!” came Tirian’s voice; and then the enemy were upon them.
  • When Tirian saw that brave Beast getting ready to fight for its life—and Calormene soldiers beginning to close in on it with their drawn scimitars—and no one going to its help—something seemed to burst inside him. He no longer cared if this was the best moment to interfere or not. “Swords out,” he whispered to the others. “Arrow on string. Follow.”

Interesting article this

“while I was still searching but not finding— I found one upright man among a thousand, but not one upright woman among them all.” – Ecclesiastes 7:28

Where polygamy is practised- Ecclesiastes 7:28

This is the view people hold wherever polygamy is practised. If you start to see women as objects, rather than human beings, you’re in for a bad ride. Also, it’s not worth the effort, according to Ecclesiastes, as nothing in this world (under the Sun) is worth the effort. Idolatry of anything in this world (under the Sun) is foolish and not worth the effort. This is my 2 cents. (Of course, Jesus Christ is worth the effort!)