BGM: 山崎まさよし - カルテ
As a bookworm, I am thinking what books I should carry and enjoy this "farewell 2023 and welcome 2024" season. Basically, this kind of wondering between books doesn't need any money (except you try to "buy" some books for enjoying.) So, I look at my bookshelf and use the website of libraries.
I am not a diligent reader so there are so many books I have never read. This year, like Kenzaburo Oe, I want to try the great Charles Dickens's "A Tale Of Two Cities" and also "Oliver Twist." But recently I have been interested in Somerset Maugham's "Of Human Bondage." And also William Faulkner's and Ernest Hemingway's masterpieces, etc. Now I am reading Virginia Woolf's "A Writer's Diary" and finding I shouldn't be afraid of her, therefore her books are the "must"... Oh, what a "messed up" taste!
Although I still had not been well enough, this morning I enjoyed an online meeting on zoom. At that meeting, an Indian person, Vardhan talked about an interesting book. It was Robert Greene's "The 48 Laws of Power", which seemed the one which tells us how to cooperate with other people at any group (companies or private circles.) Vardhan explained clearly about that profound book, so I could follow the discussion.
Listening to his presentation, I got an idea. In Japanese, we have an interesting word. It is 呉越同舟 (I heard that this word's origin is from China.) I understand that this means "Even though they are enemy, you sometimes have to ride on the same one boat as your partner(s)." In other words, you need to get wiser to "use" enemy, or your master(s). I couldn't say my opinions by this voice (Oh, I wish I could use this throat!) so I wrote this on the chatbox, then the host and other members affirmed my idea. It was really glad for me.
And I thought this. Maybe I have been loving too much - But great books, or the great will of learning has certainly grown someone up. How about this myself? I am (as I always say) 48. I remembered how I could be when I was within my youthful days...