Why invest in Emacs

Invest is the word I want to use here. Learning Emacs today (as opposed to 20 or 30 years ago) is quite an investment of mental resources, time and energy. It makes sense, but not in all cases. In this introductory chapter I want to discuss viable, in my humble opinion, reasons to learn Emacs.

Admittedly, if you're reading this, chances are you're somewhat convinced already, or at least curious. Hopefully, this chapter will either validate your opinion or help in some other way.

These are general cases for learning Emacs:

  1. You write a lot of text. This includes specific niches, like programming or journalism, as well as wide cases which include a combination of programming, writing emails, writing for blogs, writing books, etc.
  2. You love to learn complex, modular tools with infinite potential.
  3. You want to consolidate notes, ToDos, writing short and long form, publishing, GTD (in any combination). This is about Org mode, one of the most popular extensions of Emacs. Org mode is a huge topic which deserves its own book and course. In this course, we'll have a short overview of Org.