Read. To be Happy

Reading Campaign Propaganda PosterPhoto Credit: Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division, Washington, D.C. 20540 USA

While I was in elementary school, I do remember my school having a campaign and posters to promote reading.  But I didn’t become passionate about reading until 5 years ago.

I believe that it’s because that campaign was only about reading and not about one’s interests.  That should not be missing from the campaign.

I also believe that now, we need a reading campaign like the war propaganda poster above.  If there should be propaganda about anything, it should be about reading.

The posters should be in all languages and appealing to look at, using cool graphic design and even, let’s say — fashion models.

Penguin Classics

I also wanted to share images of my books, which is the reason for my lack of savings — but highly appropriate because they went into things of value.

This page from my copy of Julius Caesar’s The Conquest of Gaul published by Penguin Books contains Pearson‘s tagline which is inspiring.

The Modern Library Classics Aristotle Works

Next is my copy of Aristotle’s works which I got at a discount because of its condition — but the contents are intact so it was a good deal.  I would have preferred to have more copies of Aristotle’s works by Oxford or Penguin Classics but having most of Aristotle’s works in one book is very convenient.

Studying in the Philippines, I have acquired the habit of using plastic covers for my books as added protection — which can be seen in the picture.  It is not tacky like plastic-covered furniture and can improve the look of secondhand books.

The used book below was purchased for 40 Philippine pesos, which is more or less 1 US dollar.  For that I got Christian, Buddhist and Hindu philosophy as well as George Berkeley and David Hume.

Random House ThinkersBelow is one of my favorite books that I bought.  The cover design is beautiful and the Fraktur is embossed.

German Enlightenment Immanuel Kant Penguin Books Great Ideas

I also wanted to show the cover design below because the crux of the essay itself is on the cover — all the more emphasizing the brevity of life.

Seneca On the Shortness of Life Penguin Books Great IdeasThese are just a few of the books I could have started reading in third year of high school.  I don’t know why during that time, I never listened to Cher from the movie Clueless when she had Tai read one non-school book a week.  If I did, I would have known more possibilities than I did before.

Speaking of possibilities, this is from my favorite Western novel Tucker by Louis L’Amour:

You can read can’t you?  If you can read, you can learn.  You don’t have to go to school to get an education, although it is the best way for most of us, and anyway, all school can give you is the outline of the picture.  You have to fill in the blank places yourself, later.

Again, that’s from a book I purchased for 40 Philippine pesos.

Louis L'Amour Tucker (2)Those are just a few reasons books make me happy.

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