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)