The scent of those piles of books and view of that stashes of books would be the only requisite for a good morning start or to calm a stressed mind. Your habit of halting at every booksellers, spending whole of your pocket money on new and unread books, turning out an empty pocket for the rest of the month might be fussing your mind if you turn ignorant in reading those books.
“There is no time yaar!!! “, the usual excuse. Treading fast in the rat race of money, job and daily routines would be hindering you from reading more. Scrolling through the inspirational websites which say that every successful CEO including Bill Gates, Elon Musk reads 100 books might add up your guilt.
You are what you read. Then, who are you based on the books that you haven’t read? Lebanese-American scholar, statistician, and essayist Nassim Nicholas Taleb explores in a section of his modern classic, The Black Swan: The Impact of the Highly Improbable with Italian writer Umberto Eco’s anecdote, where Eco owns a large library and visitors react in two ways: people who ask about the number of books and people who don’t view private library as an ego-boosting appendage but as a research tool. The menacing look of those unread books would mean more knowledge.
Taleb conceptualized anti-library meaning the collection of unread books. Here the person, anti-scholar, does not view knowledge as treasure, possession, self-esteem enhancement device rather gives significance to what is unknown, out of the norm. To know or not know that is the question. As Thomas Gray quoted “Ignorance is bliss”, here, buying more books means stimulating yourself and creating space for the excitement of the unknown, rendering that you are also what you do not know.