<![CDATA[I read quite a lot of books. Not really much but still quite a lot. What I realize, however, is that I forget most of the books that I have been through. When the time comes to organize the books on the bookshelf, I am shocked to realize how I have completely lost memory of having read this book and that in such a short period of time. If I get to read one hundred books each year, of which most of them are really interesting while I am on them, I can name only about five of them at the end of the year. It is that serious. While it is possible that I have really bad memory, suggesting an early onset of Alzheimer's disease, it is also possible that forgetting is just part of our natural cognitive process, just like we don't retain all the mass we eat. We eat, we use energy from the food, and then we let go of the rest. Likewise, we read, we ponder on the idea, apply some of them to our daily living or to work, and then we move on, forgetting the rest. Otherwise, we might overburden our capability for attentiveness. But I am also afraid that this could be a lazy excuse for my lack of skills for digesting and retaining the ideas. I might have to develop effective methods for retaining the great inspirations and ideas from my reading. What waste of time it would be to enjoy reading without adding to one's intellectual inventory of ideas. Keeping short notes on the blog about the books is one way to leave the breadcrumbs on my reading paths. But more than that, applying to life whatever I have learned through the books would be a far better way to assimilate the ideas and retain them as memory embedded in life. So, as it is written in Matthew 7:24-25, putting into practice is the key.
“”Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock” — Matthew 7:24-25]]>