Knowing is power.
Every struggle ever faced is recorded in books. Any problem we face today is not new; if you want to learn to live better then turn to the stoics: Seneca, Marcus Aurelius, and Epictetus. Their words alone will change how you view life. If you’re having girl problems, the Dalai Lama abides: “Most of our troubles are due to our passionate desire for and attachment to things that we misapprehend as enduring entities.”
Any problem you can think of.
There are millenium between when humans first started recording information on papyrus sheets and now. The scholars of past have been busy — every problem we will ever experience in our lives has been experienced before, solved, and made it into a book written by people much smarter than our selves.
A single quote, or anecdote, or idea can change our lives. A quote can give strength, lend sympathy, or make us understand a simple truth we had forgotten. And most quotes are recorded in books.
I have talked to kids my age who say they hate reading. They are wrong. Reading is awe-inspiring and wonderful; those who say they hate reading have simply never developed the focus required to absorb long-form text. Or they are reading the wrong books. So the solution, then, is to read more. And from reading more, the issue of reading the wrong books is fixed. If you read a lot, you quickly gain a nose for shitty writing.
So my plea is this: read more. Force into onto yourself, make it ingrained in who you are. Make reading every day just as necessary as breathing, eating, and drinking.
The collective knowledge of all books in the world can give us strength only if we are willing to accept it.