What classic book has changed your view on life, social mores, political views, or religion?
The answer is none of them.
None of the classics I have read so far have changed my views on anything.
However, they have caused me to ask what my opinion is on certain topics.
My opinions have been rounded out, solidified, and re-opened. I’ve argued and debated, cheered and, on occasion, been properly horrified. And I thank literature for that. Having the space to react and think and form opinions about a myriad different issues broadens the scope of life.
But my views have not changed. Everything I read is filtered through my values and beliefs. Anything that doesn’t jive with that foundation is tossed. Some may say that that makes me close-minded but I don’t think so. It gives me direction, focus and a point of reference. I’m free to explore without wandering cause I have a compass with me at all times.
This doesn’t mean I’ve got solid answers to all my questions. Some questions just don’t have satisfying answers – not on this side of paradise anyway.
But I’m okay with that cause God’s got it all under control.
In the meantime, I’ll just keep on reading :)