"Never trust anyone who..."
How many times you've read or heard something like this?
I recently saw a quote by Emilia Clarke:
"My father always said: Never trust anyone whose TV is bigger than their bookshelf."
and it got me thinking: How many times we read, or more importantly agree with those quotes from someone without even thinking? By doing a simple Google search, I found out that is a pretty frequent question.
But, today I will only focus on why I don't agree with this particular quote.
Why have a big bookshelf when we have libraries?
I love buying books and I think it's important to have certain ones so you can re-read, or underline important quotes and takeaways. But, do we really need to buy new books every month?
Buying more books requires more prints, and more prints require cutting off trees.
Have you ever thought about this? When you borrow a book from a library, you return it after reading so someone else can read it. But, when you purchase a book, typically it will be put on a shelf or thrown away after reading. When this happens, another individual’s consumer demand is not fulfilled and more books are needed to be produced. According to Planet Blue, an estimated 30 million trees were cut down last year to produce textbooks. THATS.A.LOT.
And, what about digital copies nowadays?
Someone with a small home library, or not having a library at all, might have read more books than someone who has a huge library room at home. Remember:
The value of a book is in reading it, not in owning it.
So my advice to all of you is to not judge people by the size of theirs TV or bookshelf, the same as you shouldn't judge the book by its cover. And, the most important advice would be: Don't judge anyone by anything.
Trust should be earned, not determined by having or not certain commodities.