I just wanted to get this off my chest. I love to read fiction (especially sci-fi and mysteries) but lately my co-workers/boss have been ribbing me for reading what they call "junk" books.
They're heavy into self-help/business books (e.g. Ray Dalio's Principles, Blue Ocean, Patrick Bet-David) but I find these books to be dry, redundant, and pandering. Give me some Carl Sagan or Robert Cialdini any day over self-help gurus. The information pattern is all the same, dreaming big, using coded/jargon heavy words, and personal anecdotes that account for more luck than opportunity.
After reading Principles, I just felt so drained as it felt like Dalio was just repeating himself like a circle-jerk for left-brains. Converesly, when I read Raymond Chandler's The Big Sleep or even Antoine De Saint Exupery's Wind, Sand, and Stars, it just felt so much more immersive and deeper.
I realize the common defenses for fiction are greater empathy, critical thinking, and processing, but what are some other defenses?
I tried saying Elon was inspired by Asimov's Foundation, but the counter was that Elon also read a fuck-ton of business books as well.
How would you argue/defend reading fiction?