You Can Not Read This

Just keep scrolling. Do not waste your time here. This is more than a glimpse of a 2 second, feel-good thought. Correct, this is not a cutesy poster that everyone will feel good about sharing. It is way MORE!

This is for those who got past the first paragraph. You know, the group of words just above that form a complete thought to make a sentence. Then, those groups of sentences, together deliver an idea. That is a paragraph!

Wow! I wonder if there is a potential new ‘reader’ here that just started reading a third paragraph! That is a huge accomplishment today! Congratulations!

I caution you though, because reading can cause you to think. The longer you read (and it can be any reading material) the longer you are engaging your brain, your imagination, and your intellect! That might get very dangerous….you might get ideas!

Just think, oops be-careful here… you might want to stop reading and go back to those single thought posters and micro-wave ideas that give you a 2 sec. happy rush! But for the brave and more professional who want something longer and more lasting…keep reading.

“A mind needs books as a sword needs a whetstone, if it is to keep its edge.”
~ George R. R. Martin, A Game of Thrones

I asked myself the other day, why is it that everyone is going crazy over those glimpse posters and sharing them like mad? Why are a lot of really good blogs and books just sitting in silence? Do people realize that they are giving up their freedom of knowledge when they sacrifice reading for a split second thought? That is equal to giving up an all night er of dating, romancing, pleasuring, love, and cuddling until you full asleep! Only to have those secretive memories linger with you the next couple of days! Verses… Wham! Bam! Thank you Mam! (moving on to the next poster)

But that is not all that we are losing when we give up reading! The horror continues and becomes contagious. Not only are we losing our desire to read and the potential of gaining smarts from reading but, we are also becoming stagnate to thinking for ourselves!

If all we do is learn to read instructions, manuals and recipes….oh wait, we do not even need to do all that anymore either! Things are pre-made and pre-packaged. We can buy things already made and eat things prepared for us…how cool is that!

Or, is it? We lose the ability to create, build, problem solve and what is it exactly that we are eating anyways? On the other hand, we do read instructions for games right? You know those pre-made electronic games made by another’s imagination and all you do is follow their pre-made path.

Still that is not all that is forsaken when we do not read. There is the lost of a greater potential and that is of our future leaders. Our children are slammed hard in their youth with text books and studies, but rarely are they shown the beauty and excitement of reading for the sheer pleasure of it! Time is not taken to help a child find a book that truly engages and motivates a thirst for knowledge and wisdom at their level. What is that anyways?

It is easier to exemplify values than teach them.                                                                             ~Theodore M. Hesbrough

Children will learn what they live. Have they seen us reading books? Are our children learning a variety of balance with books? Are they learning that there really is more to books than just an academic education? Let alone do they get many chances to read and discover the variety of styles that writers can write! The ways of creating different masterpieces of enjoyable knowledge through books are like trying to count the grains of sand on the beach!

There are even skillful talents to being a true reader! Just think…(oh here we go again that reading and I have to think part). Go back in your mind to grade-school. Envision a report-card and under the heading of ‘reading comprehension’, what was your grade? Now honestly, what would it be today? I would be willing to suggest that it would be far less for the simple fact that once we leave school, our reading and learning drive end. We start going with the flow and only eating the 2 bit hand-outs of the once hated commercials (posters). Lost in that 2 second snap-shot is a much deeper and more meaningful story that almost always changes lives.

Looks like the days of burning books are not over. When it happens there will be a difference this time. Less will cry, because the ignorance will be so wide-spread that no one will realize exactly what was lost! And history will repeat itself at a frightening scale. So sad. I guess you can add ignorance and dependence to the list.


“The books that help you most are those which make you think the most. The hardest way of learning is that of easy reading; but a great book that comes from a great thinker is a ship of thought, deep freighted with truth and beauty.”  ~Theodore Parker (1810 – 1860)

“Never be entirely idle; but either be reading, or writing, or praying, or meditating, or endeavoring something for the public good.”  Thomas a Kempis (1380 – 1471)


About Mammy Oaklee

A wife, mother, grand-mother, farmer and wrinkly ol' writer, who's finally got some roots planted in 'The Heart of the BottomsUP 2/3 Acre.' A born and raised city-chick, who found many'a smiles where her heart had always longed to be, in the country. Digging in as close to the beginning of creations, and finding wonderment with a smile. I live my life as a rollar-coaster adventure, and always adding new dreams as old ones are full-filled. Of course, I write about it all!
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6 Responses to You Can Not Read This

  1. MARION says:

    Mind exercise is one of the most important exercises we can do. If anyone is going to be successful in life, they must read. Technology has been great if used wisely. With folks spending most of their time texting(abbreviated words) they loose the sense of communication. I too text but use a full conversation. I also use the social media (twitter, linkend, four square, G+) to promote my business, but always use a full vocabulary to create conversations. The society today has lost the art of conversation because their brains have become mush from too much television and not enough reading.

    • Mammy Oaklee says:

      Thank you for your comment Marion! I too text and use a wide range of social media, and I completely agree with your point made. We must continue to exercise our minds by reading, writing and communicating in complete structured thoughts. It is too easy to take short-cuts which all to often lead to miscommunication.

  2. Ann Van Etten says:

    Totally agree!! Keep up the good work.

  3. Great post!

    In my opinion technology, while opening us up to vast amounts of information and knowledge, has taken away much of the SKILL needed to mine and process that information usefully and practically. The online world, like television, not only takes away from the attention span but provides an addictive INSTANT GRATIFICATION. The mind no longer wants to read (or study) books. We lose our MENTAL discipline and conditioning. This was one of the reason that, while in college, I practiced active concentration for long periods of time. I got where I could COMPLETELY submerge myself in study and single-minded concentration for long periods of time.

    • Mammy Oaklee says:

      A wise additional observation! Thank you.
      To add, I believe that the concept of studying books has a nasty shadow hovering around it, deterring those who might be inspired to venture into something new. It should not be this way! So many give up on dreams just to avoid that word…s t u d y. Studying a new hobby can be exciting and adventurous!

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