Can Books Be Called Our Best Friends?
Books have been used as the major means of storing information for centuries now and, although nowadays they gradually give way to digital data carriers, they still remain our best friends for the reason that they may be outdated as physical objects, but not as a concept. After all, they haven’t been printed on paper for the entirety of their existence; in the past they knew other, quite different forms: they were hand-written on parchment, kept in papyrus scrolls, chiseled on stone tablets. The alteration they are undergoing now is just more drastic than any of the ones that had been in the past.
What makes a human a human? Language, knowledge, information. No other being known to us can store any kind of knowledge outside its own brain – so, books are not only our best friends, they are one of the best proofs of our existence. They let every single human know everything that has been known by other people, those who have lived long ago and now are dead, those whose very names we know no longer. They unite the humanity into another form of being, universal and eternal.
And also “to read a book” may now have meanings completely different from what may appear in our conscience, it is still reading a book. One reads a book on the screen of a computer, or a laptop, or a portable reading device, or listens to it via I-Pod – but it is still a book and it is still read.
So, to my mind…