Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital

Books constitute capital. A library book lasts as long as a house, for hundreds of years. It is not, then, an article of mere consumption but fairly of capital, and often in the case of professional men, setting out in life, it is their only capital.

–Thomas Jefferson

Viveka of My Guilty Pleasures is acting as this week’s challenge host. She is an avid traveler, and has posted some lovely and varied shots of world capitals she has visited. She invites us to interpret this challenge however we choose, though, and since I haven’t got any digital photos of the world capitals I have visited (Washington, London, Edinburgh, Paris, Rome, Mexico City, Nassau, Budapest, Vienna), I am going in a totally different direction, following Mr. Thomas Jefferson’s lead in the quote above.

Nine years ago, I moved into a bookstore. I have been sharing a roof with Scholar & Poet books ever since.

In economics, capital consists of assets that can enhance one’s power to perform economically useful work. For example, in a fundamental sense a stone or an arrow is capital for a hunter-gatherer who can use it as a hunting instrument, while roads are capital for inhabitants of a city. — Wikipedia

Books are assets that have enhanced my entire life. They have definitely enhanced my power to perform economically useful work, like cooking. How many cookbooks do you have? When did you first make a meal using a recipe in a book? Did you learn anything about parenting from a book? Or about the skills that you are paid to perform?

I sometimes wonder whether books will become obsolete as technology advances. Perhaps in my country, that is a possibility. But globally, I think books will endure as long as human civilization does.ย 

I look forward to the day that I can read a book to my grandchild and pass on the pleasure, the investment, and the treasure of reading a book.

Yes, indeed. That would be capital! ๐Ÿ˜‰ย 


27 thoughts on “Lens-Artists Photo Challenge: Capital

  1. What a lovely saga and post … wow!!! Magical!!! Once I had 1400 books and I had read them all … but compare to this = ZERO. Thank you so much for sharing and playing.

  2. Very creative post Priscilla – and you found the quotes to support it. Marvelous. Personally I donโ€™t think e-books will ever displace the printed page. Even my 13-year-old granddaughter loves the scent and feel of the paper page. And younger kids learn from books by touch and color. Donโ€™t know that Iโ€™d need 50,000 but donโ€™t try to take away my own book collection!!!

  3. Outstanding interpretation. I love pictures of books, whether rooms full or multi-storied libraries. Excellent quotes too. I just read a 1345 A.D. extract from Richard de Bury: “Truth latent in the mind is wisdom that is hid and treasure that is not seen, but truth that shines forth in books desires to manifest itself to every impressionable sense.” https://www.laphamsquarterly.org/memory/bibliophile

    • That is a gold mine of praise for books! “All the glory of the world would be buried in oblivion unless God had provided mortals with the remedy of books.” Not sure that’s entirely true, but it certainly is enthusiastic!

  4. Wonderful interpretation! I love books. In fact, my must-see stops in Paris and Inverness included bookstores. (Shakespeare & Company & Leakey’s Bookshop, respectively).

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