reading filters

November 5, 2005 | 3 Comments

As I’ve been reviewing some of my underlining in books lately, I’ve noticed how prone I am to mainly underlining ideas that support things I am already thinking. I’ve also been in a number of conversations of late where someone reads a book that I have read, and we both draw completely different conclusions out of the book.

It is dangerous to feel like we have read and comprehended a book, and therefore the thoughts of the author, when we read with filters like these in place. I would suppose that the healthiest kind of reading takes place when we disagree, or at least wrestle, with 25% of what a book has to say.

  • Good point, John. Makes me wonder if we should pursue dialogue and accountability with those we know we’re going to disagree with :).

  • I disagree with you.

    Ha, just kidding. That was stupid.

  • I’ve found that I have to make concious efforts to underline and dwell on the things that I may not agree with. Even more helpful, though, as Justin mentioned is the dialogue. Nice thoughts.