YES! Why we read literature
. It doesn’t matter if the meaning was intended. The job of reading is not to uncover what the author intended to say. Reading is an exercise in empathy and also an opportunity to think about the big questions of human history: What are our obligations to one another? How does the social order in which we live shape our understanding of ourselves? What ought we value? What constitutes a noble life? Can we construct meaning in human life while still acknowledging the universe’s apparent apathy toward us? What does it mean to love another, and what do we owe those we love? Is it different from our obligations to those we don’t love? What are the consequences of an unexamined life?
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