What You Read Really Does Matter

@akalinus (40440)
United States
February 27, 2024 3:51pm CST
When I was a kid, I learned a lot of Bible verses. They come back to memory at times of trouble or misery. That is why we learn them. They come back when we need them. When I was older, I read different kinds of books. I was a sophisticated adult and could read anything I wanted. I read forbidden books that my husband brought home as well as the normal books that most people read. Like the Bible verses, the forbidden books and tragic scenes from regular books come back to haunt me. I remember whole passages of books I only read once. They pollute my mind and torment my dreams. Years later, this stuff comes back to me in unguarded moments. I can't make it stop, it is there and should not be. Why do scenes from George Orwell or Henry Miller invade my dreams? Why do horrible images from forbidden books come back to haunt me? I think that what we read does matter. What do you think? Do books you read decades ago affect you?
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@Happy2BeMe (99399)
• Canada
27 Feb
I believe so and the same goes for tv that you watch. Those things stay with you through the years. Not everything stays but there are those that impact the rest of our lives.
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@akalinus (40440)
• United States
27 Feb
Maybe it is different for different people. Do you remember things from what you read or watched?
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@akalinus (40440)
• United States
28 Feb
@Happy2BeMe I don't think I dream about things I read. You are way ahead of me on that. I do have weird dreams. How do your dreams make you feel?
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@Happy2BeMe (99399)
• Canada
27 Feb
@akalinus yes I do all the time I will even have dreams about them years later out of nowhere.
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• Nairobi, Kenya
5 Mar
You are right. Even watching movies can affect us. I hope you will forget the bad scenes you read.
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@akalinus (40440)
• United States
5 Mar
I replace them by reading something good now. Good triumphs over evil. Good will overcome all the bad stuff in the world.
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@akalinus (40440)
• United States
8 Mar
@mildredtabitha That is good. When you watch stuff like that, you have trouble sleeping and are thinking of it.
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• Nairobi, Kenya
6 Mar
@akalinus Yes it will, you are right. I used to watch zombie and vampire movies in the past and it affected me. I don't watch them anymore.
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@ShyBear88 (59281)
• Sterling, Virginia
27 Feb
I don't think it matters. Certain books or parts of them can stick to you for years to follow. I've read a lot of things and what I read as a kid I don't read now. I grew up reading books I had very little choice over picking up. I of course now read a lot of romance books sometimes something else if it interests me.
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@ShyBear88 (59281)
• Sterling, Virginia
28 Feb
@akalinus It's very normal for the brain to wonder nothing wrong with when you are reading something to be thinking of something else. It's not a crime or a sin. Brains are brains they work for no rhyme or reason other than storing information and memories and basic human functions. The Bible is just words and stories they don't set who you think or feel or what it'll trigger when you read it so don't be trying to play the blame game on yourself for you naturally wondering in your head.
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@akalinus (40440)
• United States
28 Feb
@ShyBear88 I think things have different meanings to people. Sometimes, thoughts are intrusive at a time when they are not welcome. I don't know why they suddenly pop up like that.
@akalinus (40440)
• United States
27 Feb
I know it matters to me. I could be sitting in church and suddenly, passages of a bad book come to me when I should be thinking of something else.
@RebeccasFarm (86729)
• United States
27 Feb
I think those writers must be powerful writers for their words to stick with you from years ago. Well I mainly only read a few books, that is besides school books. Yes but they were good books that helped me. Some good role models.
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@akalinus (40440)
• United States
27 Feb
I'm glad you read books that helped rather than ones that will affect you in bad ways in the future.
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• United States
27 Feb
@akalinus And of course a lot of the Bible too in school as well as out. I am sorry those that you read affected you so..
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@akalinus (40440)
• United States
4 Mar
I just seem to remember some things. Words have power and sometimes it is a lot.
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@TheHorse (205591)
• Walnut Creek, California
28 Feb
Absolutely. Some parts of my personality come from authors I've read. Doyle. Twain. Hughes. Hillerman. Hemingway. Fowles. The list goes on. But most are like old friends. I rarely feel tortured!
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@akalinus (40440)
• United States
2 Mar
I read Twain, Hemingway, Jack London, Steinbeck, Salinger, but also read some stuff I should not have. Recently I read the Aztec books by Jerry Jennings which were quite entertaining.
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@akalinus (40440)
• United States
4 Mar
@TheHorse I think I remember you posting that somewhere, was it here? I did not know people did the things in the books. It really stirred the imagination.
@TheHorse (205591)
• Walnut Creek, California
2 Mar
@akalinus Should not have? Can you explain?
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@Deepizzaguy (94423)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
27 Feb
I am in agreement with you that by reading dark material, it can harm all of us. Reading God's Word and letting guide us to be of Godly character.
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@akalinus (40440)
• United States
27 Feb
At the time, I thought it was great to read everything. I did not know it would affect me into later years.
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@akalinus (40440)
• United States
4 Mar
@Deepizzaguy Do you remember certain things you read like I do?
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@Deepizzaguy (94423)
• Lake Charles, Louisiana
28 Feb
@akalinus Same with me.
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@AmbiePam (85432)
• United States
27 Feb
My parents, church, and school always warned me to be careful what I put in my mind, because I would retain it. I remember an acquaintance of mine sent me a link when I was eighteen when she was in college. It was absolutely disgusting, and it was years before it didn’t pop into my head, the memory perfectly intact. I was ticked off. I don’t want garbage in my head. We all make mistakes, and we just have to repeatedly switch our brains to something else. Going back to the verses is the best thing you can do. Maybe try to memorize new ones when something bad pops up again. Read encouraging poetry. You can replace it with better things eventually. We have to keep fighting it.
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@akalinus (40440)
• United States
27 Feb
I did not listen to anyone. I always thought I knew best. Now, I wish I had listened to the voices of reason.
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@akalinus (40440)
• United States
28 Feb
I plan to do that.
@much2say (53959)
• Los Angeles, California
27 Feb
Wow, your readings really affected you - and you must have a great memory! I've always had a short attention span . . . I think that's why I've always been attracted to children's books. As an artist all my life too, these stories and books fed in to my imagination. Still does.
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@akalinus (40440)
• United States
28 Feb
That is awesome.
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@kaylachan (57576)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
27 Feb
I think that can be true for any input. I am not an advid reader. I read what I had to to graduate high school and pass English class. However, I don't read much beyond that. Unless I feel like reading fan fiction during my down time. But, since I adsorb more things through what I hear, conversations stick with me more. Interactions as well. I remember more from my anatomy and psychology classes because of the method in which we were tought. I remember Romeo and Juliet, not because I read it in school (which we did) but because I've seen a few movies. I know a few verses from Hamlet, because I've seen it potrayed in television. So, I think how we learn is what will affect us more.
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@kaylachan (57576)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
27 Feb
@akalinus I'm also blind and grew up as television and more importantly cable was becoming a thing. Later, movies and 'edcuational content' was common teaching methods used by my teacthers.
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@akalinus (40440)
• United States
27 Feb
Maybe it matters what we watch as well as what we read. I did not grow up with TV but I read a lot. At first, it was dog and horse stories but graduated from there as I grew older and read more worldly things.
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@LadyDuck (457918)
• Switzerland
28 Feb
I remember what I read, but I cannot say that there are books that have haunted my mind.
@just4him (305864)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Feb
I agree. What you read matters. Someone once said, garbage in, garbage out. When you put in the good stuff from God's Word, it will come back to you when you need it. When you read things you shouldn't, they too will come back to you when you least expect. Keep putting in the good stuff, God's Word, and ask God to get rid of the bad stuff.
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@akalinus (40440)
• United States
28 Feb
You give good advice. I like that and will try.
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@just4him (305864)
• Green Bay, Wisconsin
28 Feb
@akalinus Thank you.
@aninditasen (15732)
• Raurkela, India
28 Feb
What we read does matter. I read lot of " Mills & Boons and " Dennis Robins". They are romantic books for teenagers, later I read classics but I remember the stories but don't remember any passages from those books.
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@LindaOHio (155961)
• United States
28 Feb
Bad memories are always there; and as much as we try to block them, they do come back. Just try to think about something else when that happens. Have a good day.
@akalinus (40440)
• United States
28 Feb
I plan to do that. I think I was shocked to see how awful life can be. I need to get back to the verses and other positive reading.
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@akalinus (40440)
• United States
2 Mar
@LindaOHio I'm sure it will.
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@LindaOHio (155961)
• United States
29 Feb
@akalinus I hope that helps.
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@dya80dya (33471)
28 Feb
Usually, I have nightmares about exams and school. Books didn't affect me at all. But everything we read or watch can cause us problems.
@RasmaSandra (73326)
• Daytona Beach, Florida
27 Feb
I love reading and have read Bible passages but not much affects me afterward, If something really troubles your mind that could be why you are so affected,