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    The School of Life Articles | 9/6/20 | 9 min
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    • deephdave
      Top reader this weekReading streakScout
      2 weeks ago

      Abundance is tough to handle than scarcity. Without any peer pressure, we must learn to continue reading at our speed and choice of books.

      We may not be aware of how indebted we are to the Enlightenment idea of reading, but its maximalist legacy is present within the publishing industry, within the way books are presented to the public at school and in shops – and within our guilty responses to the pressure to read more. We can also hazard an observation: this exhaustive approach to reading does not make us particularly happy. We are drowning in books, we have no time ever to re-read one and we appear fated to a permanent sense of being under-read when compared with our peers and what the media has declared respectable.

      We might decide on a new mantra to guide our reading henceforth: we want to read in order to learn to be content. Nothing less – and nothing more.