That is what I love about books. No matter where you are in the world, and despite the epoch or era, you can reach the same place as anyone else, in any other epoch or era, by reading that book. The education transmitted by reading is blind to time, age, epoch, generation, wealth and country, if only the book can make its way into your hands. That’s what I love about reading. Carl Sagan, a physicist and author summed it up so well, when he said:
What an astonishing thing a book is. It’s a flat object made from a tree with flexible parts on which are imprinted lots of funny dark squiggles. But one glance at it and you’re inside the mind of another person, maybe somebody dead for thousands of years. Across the millennia, an author is speaking clearly and silently inside your head, directly to you. Writing is perhaps the greatest of human inventions, binding together people who never knew each other, citizens of distant epochs. Books break the shackles of time. A book is proof that humans are capable of working magic.