Why should we spend our time reading novels or poems when out there big things are going on?
Some of the ways literature benefits us:
1. It saves us time – because it gives us access to a range of emotions and events that would take years, decades, millennia, to try to explore directly.
It is the greatest reality simulator – a machine that puts you through infinitely more situations then you could ever directly witness
Lets you see what its like to get divorces, kill someone, quit your job or make a mistake while leading your country
It lets you access your life in relation to others