Saturday, October 10, 2020

The Value of Knowledge: The Count of Monte Cristo

One of the other reasons I haven't been writing lately is that I spent two intensive days by myself removing carpet from a roof and installing Vinyl planks that I purchased from Home Depot. It's the first time I've installed it by myself. Here are some before and after pictures. I imagine the molding on the walls will not be installed for quite a while because we may want to do painting, but have already moved our stuff back in to sleep in it.

While placing the vinyl, I started resuming my Audible book, The count of Monte Cristo. It is so much more enjoyable to do the work when I have the story playing at 1x speed. Usually, I am playing the book at 2.5x speed but I have to put my entire focus on the story.

I got to the part where Dante is in prison and they are talking about the knowledge that the other prisoner had accumulated. 

In the world we live in, with the Internet and Kindle, it's hard to imagine a time where knowledge could be so scarce. It only further boosted my original intent to have a library when I finally move to my Homestead.

When the Internet goes down, and I don't have all the classic books, I will feel like Dante in that prison. The classics and all the books I will have collected will be worth more than gold, especially if any Internet outage lasts for any long period of time. I feel it into my gut.

I will also need to accumulate audio books and Blu-rays (though I think the format will be changing again, and I don't want to be stuck with the Blu-rays when they change). There may be a time where multiple people will sit together listening to an audio book when it becomes too power intensive to watch a movie. An audio book playing on a bluetooth speaker will not take up that much energy at all.

I suppose, there is also the old-fashioned way of reading the book out loud.

People can take turns reading the book a loud so everyone can take a break. But that is one way you can have a room full of people read a book when you don't have multiple copies. It's slower going but I imagine when there is no Internet, we will be having some more free time.

And none of that Promethean trash being shoved down our throats.

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