You didn’t see this coming.
You expected me to write about some “educationally valuable” book, didn’t you?
Believe it or not, I do read more than business leadership and nonfiction books. Now, could I have read at least three other potentially life changing books in the time it took me to read thousands of Bulbapedia articles? Absolutely. Were these articles of any practical value? Absolutely not. So why did I read them? Because I have a pokemon addiction.
Before you pass judgement, just go to this link and surrender your minds to Pokemon.
For the uncultured masses who have yet to be acquainted with it, Bulbapedia is the authority on all things Pokemon. It’s a wondrous repository, replete with the nuances of each Pokemon and other frivolously wonderful Pokemon facts. For example, very few have heard of Grumpig, a psychic Pokemon hailing from Generation III that seems to resemble a bipedal bouncing pig. Even fewer know that, assuming Generation VII conditions, Grumpig learns bounce only at level 60. Finally, only a select few Pokemaniacs know that Grumpig and its pre-evolved form Spoink are speculated to have been created in accordance with a biblical metaphor that used pearls to represent wisdom. The pearls that adorn Grumpig and Spoink are rumored to represent that biblical wisdom and are supposed to be the source of their psychic powers. You didn’t see that coming, did you?
I love Pokemon. Each Pokemon is meticulously crafted and, regardless of its inspiration, always looks wonderful. The storylines rival movie plots in their nuance and intrigue. I still maintain that the Pokemon Black and White has duo has one of the best storylines I’ve ever heard. The music is enchanting, releasing you from your earthly shackles and opening the door to the world of Pokemon. Pokemon is accessible, open to both the naive and inexperienced 5 year olds and battle hardened adults, eager to reconnect with an integral part of their childhoods. Even as a High Schooler, with the Sword of Damocles, i.e college applications, hanging over my head, I was more than willing to forget about my tests and spend hours upon hours battling my way through the game. Of course, as soon as I would hit a wall, meet an unfamiliar Pokemon, or feel like procrastinating, I’d pull up Bulbapedia and spend hours lost in the annals of Pokemon history.
I’ll definitely have a more holistic analysis of Pokemon up here in a couple of weeks, but I just want you to get a little taste of the Pokemania that is soon to bless your feeds.
Now, I’d like to reflect a little bit on my reading and discuss the future of my blog.
These three reviews (“Building Your StoryBrand”, “Are You Ready to Succeed”, and Bulbapedia) aren’t representative of the true extent of my reading. Other books I’ve finished include “Sapiens” and “21 Lessons for the 21st century” both by the wonderful Yuval Noah Harari. I took pages of notes on each of these books and I steadfastly refused to sift through my chicken-scratch for the purposes of a blog post. I’d definitely recommend reading both, though not simultaneously. I also made my way through “Checklist Manifesto” by Atul Gawande, which may see a blog post of its own. Currently, I’m reading “Inferno” by Dante and plan to give a canto by canto analysis of it. My next blog post should be up soon and, believe it or not, it’s another book review. I plan to review “The Four Sacred Secrets” by Krishnaji and Preethaji, so be on the lookout for that.
Finally, to end this “otherworldly” post, I’ll wrap it up with an equally “otherworldly” quote.
“There is a theory which states that if ever anyone discovers exactly what the Universe is for and why it is here, it will instantly disappear and be replaced by something even more bizarre and inexplicable. There is another theory which states that this has already happened.”
– Douglas Adams, “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”