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Just like a college student studying for a test, I find myself analyzing everything these days. Whether I’m sitting on a bench watching people walk by, or sitting at my computer composing something interesting and thoughtful, I cannot seem to make a move without analysis (akin to a professor getting ready to teach an educational student). Is it no wonder that most college textbooks nowadays are about analysis? If I were to place books into various categories, the six most important categories I can think of are as follows:

  • Educational Materials (textbooks and college books).
  • Literature (stories and writings).
  • Entertainment (magazine-style books and fiction).
  • Thought and Inspirational Books (religious materials and scripture).
  • Reference Books (dictionaries, formula books, and charts).
  • Compendiums (big textbooks of lists and facts all gathered together).

Here is some background on the point I am trying to make. In one town, I know of a company that processes a great deal of books (mostly college textbooks). A lot of sorting goes on in that facility. When college and university students are finished with their books, they might try to find someone that wants to buy the ones they don’t want. In the olden days, people going to college would likely buy their books from the college’s bookstore, and then when they are through with the books, they’d sell them back to their bookstore. Nowadays, lots of students go to reputable places to purchase media like this one to buy their books, and then when they want to get money for the materials they’ve used, particularly college books, they would sell textbooks to an online book buyer (i.e. “textbook sales”). On the face of it, one may think those companies simply process books without much ado. However, quite a bit of sorting, classification, and grouping of books must take place. A textbook selling company may have books grouped as to their classification (using the aforementioned list, for example), and a book-buying company will have their buying lists sorted by author, title, or ISBN number. The point is, analysis and conceptualization comes into the picture. For an end result (in this case, a buying and selling transaction) to take place, there must be some organization. Whether the organizing be done via collating materials, or classifying documents as to their function, analysis is still being used! A college student that buys a book, studies it, and then sells it at a later time has assimilated the information, and then moves on to the next area of study (or information gathering).

So, when I begin to find myself analyzing a topic, I think of those students, those books, and reading materials being gathered and classified so that an optimum level of study takes place. Only then can I consider myself to be a student of life, and a perpetual learner. Gathering my notes, my thoughts, and my faculties, I move from step-to-step, carrying the knowledge I have previously gained into the next field I venture into. Whether I learn from a college textbook, or a professor, the end result is always the same: facts are things to be learned, known, and assimilated.


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