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  1. It is necessary to read, as indicated by the same Griboyedov, “with feeling, with sense, with arrangement”, and this is true not only for the technique of reading, but also for its process in a global sense. It is a rare case when you can read everything in a row, like Pliny the Elder, who not only read, but also made extracts, saying that there is no such bad book, which at least was not useful at least in some way (in his nephew Pliny the Younger: Epist., III, 5, 10). If you are not Pliny and do not intend to write a new “Natural History” in 37 books, then it is better to follow the advice of Seneca, who, while criticizing the reading of many books, said: “who is everywhere, is nowhere” (Epist., 2, 2) and “it is not important how many books you have, it is important how good they are” (Epist., 45, 1). If you read without intelligence and without sense, you will get about the same thing that happened to the pastor-hero of the brave soldier Schweik's tale:

    “…This abbot, in his old age, began to study Saint Augustine, who is ranked among the holy fathers of the church. He read there that anyone who believes in the antipodes is subject to a curse. He called his maid and said: “Listen, you once told me that you have a son, a mechanic, and that he went to Australia. If this is so, then he has become an antipode, and St. Augustine commands that anyone who believes in the existence of antipodes be cursed.””Father,” baba replies, ” my son sends me both letters and money.””It's a devilish delusion,” the abbot tells her.— According to St. Augustine, there is no Australia. The Antichrist is seducing you.” On Sunday, he publicly cursed her in the church and shouted that there is no Australia. Well, they took him straight from the church to the madhouse.”

    Yaroslav Hasek. The Adventures of the Brave Soldier Schweik, translated by P. G. Bogatyrev.

  2. Don't be afraid of books.

    It should not be read diagonally, as was done by Tov. Lenin, but slowly and with a pencil. Reading is both an enjoyment of the author's style and a philosophical understanding of the work. It's like taking a long look at a landscape or painting. Then the brain can't stand it.

    Woe is not from wit, but from stupidity. Socrates found happiness in wisdom.

    Natalia Barannikova, winner of the “Happy Soul” contest:

    Sometimes I think that I am happy for no reason, regardless, without reason, thoughtlessly-as in my childhood. But this is not the case.

    Happiness is a state of mind. Happiness isn't stupid. Happiness, which is a state, must be realized. Otherwise, happiness and unhappiness can be attributed to mood swings. <…>

    Of course, we know-we know: Griboyedov's sentence ” Woe to the mind! “(which he later softened, changing to “Woe from the mind”), folk wisdom like “fools are lucky” and “you know less, you sleep better”…

    “Being a fool, being selfish, and having good health are the three conditions necessary to be happy,” Flaubert said. Sarcastic. I don't suppose I'd want to be happy with a red-cheeked fellow, vain and narrow-minded, completely satisfied with himself.

  3. It's not a matter of how much you read them, but how you read them and what you do with them later. Sergey Povarnin wrote well about this (“How to read books”). Thoughtful reading, understanding the place of work.works in literature/the purpose of reading a scientific book will never hurt. Binge “swallowing” books is likely to weaken attentiveness and make such a reader a stupid dreamer (there are smart dreamers who understand what can be done with their dream, and do not just hate the system in a warm entrance).

  4. The myth that after reading a lot of books you can go crazy is most likely invented by people who have read only one book in their entire life (we will not specify which one). For example, to develop speed reading skills, you need to read 10 books a day, and then you get hooked on this business and, after reading the home bookcase, you start robbing electronic libraries.

  5. The brain definitely can't handle it. At least in the popular sense of the word. But woe from wit, alas, does exist. The main reason is that books force a person to think, to look critically at the world. The better someone is able to analyze what is happening (and books develop this skill), the more they understand the imperfection, rather even the abomination and hypocrisy, of the world and people around them. With this realization comes despondency.

    Yes, it is difficult for smart people in general. Well, imagine a stupid person (just stupid, not stupid) and a smart person living in equally disgusting conditions. An intelligent person knows that there are much better conditions, that his life is terrible and miserable. A stupid person just doesn't realize it. For him, the conditions in which he lives are natural and often seem to be the only true one. And which of them is happier in the end?

    Here, in general, you can argue for a long time. This is not to say that the mind directly makes people unhappy, but it instills in them a sense of awareness of their own imperfection, inferiority, and at the same time the desire to get as close as possible to the ideal, to do something great, to understand everything that is possible and impossible.

    So I will say this: if you want to be happy, to hell with the mind. But if you are ready to spend your whole life searching, accumulating knowledge and constantly wanting to know even more – in a good way.

  6. In the classic work of Griboyedov, the depravity of the noble society of that time is really revealed. However, this is only a way to convey the meaning of an expression that has much more facets.

    Grief from the mind is a negative state that is associated with the level of intelligence and available knowledge. Most often, these values are assumed to be redundant. Close to this expression is another phrase: “Less you know – you sleep better”, indeed, knowledge sometimes hurts and causes more difficulties than ignorance.

    Now let's see what it means to “take out the brain”. The most frequent meaning of this phrase is the appearance of difficulties in contact with reality due to changes in the processes of interaction with incoming information, but this is not about organic changes in the brain (or the central nervous system as a whole), but about the state of overload of consciousness (intellectual or emotional, or maybe both).

    As for reading “multibooks” and the probability of brain removal after. Based on my own experience and the experience of most conscientious students of our world, I will answer – a very high probability. A classic example is the projection of medical students of various symptoms studied on themselves, a similar problem in psychology students, and you can not even talk about philosophers.

    In general, similar situations occur in any field, with the only difference being how exactly the consequence of overloading our consciousness with new information manifests itself. Over time, this passes, as soon as the acquired knowledge is “absorbed” and becomes part of our consciousness.

    In the future, the study of a large amount of scientific information (including through books) can destroy some “romanticism” in the ideas about the world. A person who is accustomed to face the facts, trust only the data obtained empirically in reliable research, can begin to think pragmatically, neglecting their own emotions and feelings, and maybe even forgetting about them altogether.

    Over the years, your scientific worldview will become less flexible and established. You will be a prominent conservative scientist who, because of the abundance of his own knowledge in a particular field, will not be able to accept the progressive position of a young graduate student and will retire.

    Yes, “woe from wit” can arise on the basis of reading “multibooks”. But if you approach this issue more consciously, critically considering all the information that comes your way, understanding that in communicating with people pragmatism often hinders, rather than contributes, then you will be more happy in your exploration of the world than wallow in intellectual melancholy.

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