I believe people read to explore what it means to be human.
Who doesn’t love to pick up a new book, and get whisked away on an unexpected adventure? To fall in love with journey, the people? They are beautiful and they are flawed. Just like you.
It’s only natural to begin to empathize with their romance and their pain. Their loss becomes your loss. Their friendships folds itself close to your heart.
Life is to fiction as watered-down wine is to clear moonshine. Fiction is not life, it is life distilled.
Even a comedy has something to teach us between the punch lines.
Do you know anyone as well as you know the heroes and villains in your favorite books? Do you even know yourself that well?
And what other operation, apart from brain surgery, can take you so deep into the human mind?
This can be frightening, to be caught in such dark waters. But it also tends to open eyes.
Reading other people’s stories has something to do with what it means to be human.
Maybe the exploration is the meaning itself.
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