Why do we read? Why are some of us obsessed with reading? What is the reading experience about? I will explore these questions in coming weeks. I would love to hear any thoughts you have on the subject.
In her article, "Reading Through", on huffingtonpost.com following the Sandy Hook tragedy Bethanne Patrick recommends reading for precisely this purpose. Reading has a unique ability to allow “us to enter into to the consciousness of other people”, she says.
We more fully understand the reality of all sides of such senseless acts through reading books that get us inside the minds of other parents that have lost children to similar tragedies or books that get us inside the minds of survivors of such events, the families of people who commit such crimes, or families of the victims.
Reading can be very healing for many reasons. One of those is the understanding and insights we gain. I believe though, that the core reason that reading is healing is that it allows us to share a very human experience. We share our pain and no longer feel alone. Moments spent in the minds and hearts of those closer to the tragedy are moments of shared grief and we find comfort there.