A Good Book

​”Reading funishes the mind only with materials of knowledge;it is thinking that’s makes what we read ours.”

John Locke

From time to time, people have wondered why reading is important. There seem to be so many other things to do with one’s time, but reading not so much. Today it seems, a book worm is sadly a rarity. And of course, Reading is important for a variety of reasons.
It is important to realize that struggling with vital reading skills is not a sign of lower intelligence. And reading less doesn’t make you less intelligent, but reading less may make keep you blind to many ascetic realities and benefits of being an advent reader.
Reading, despite the way common culture suggests, isnt always for educational purposes. Reading should be viewed as not only educational but, as entertaining and self-building in every possible way. When your reading skills improve, youre listening, speaking and writing skills improve too.
In Truth, Literature is a central theme to mankind’s civilization.

But if men are human because they can talk they are civilized because they can read”
Good readers can understand the individual sentences and the organizational structure of a piece of writing. They can comprehend ideas, follow arguments, embrace the text and detect implications. 
They know most of the words in the text, the connect the chain of thought and as such they can also determine the meaning of many words of the context as they adopt to the text. This builds the mind and ultimately stimulates thought and intelligence.
To read is to enter great voyages of thought and exploration. To meet creativity and explosion. To live a million lifetime, transcending space and time with just pages and ink. To read is improve, to build, to grow, to transcend the here and now.
As far as being “well read” goes, I think the answer would have to be yes, reading books is still important and an essential skill, to not only intelligence but, loving and living the good life. 
Being knowledgeable and well pronounced all starts with the idea of learning and growing through a good book. Understanding and absorbing the concepts and making them part of your reality.
In his book, How to Read and Why, Harold Bloom says “that we should read slowly, with love, openness, and with our inner ear cocked.” He explains, that we should read to increase our wit and imagination, our sense of intimacyin short, our entire consciousnessand also to heal our pain.
In any given battle, the difference between victory and loss is knowledge. What’s the probability of drawing the ace of spades from a deck with no jokers? Normally it would be 1/50. But what if its a brand new deck? The position of cards in a new deck are typically identical, so that means if you take out the jokers and draw the card at the very bottom, it’s the ace of spades almost 100% of the time. The most knowledgeable of a party will be the inevitable victor. The victor is maybe indeed a book worm.
Until you become yourself, what benefit can you be to others? With the endless amount of perspectives and lives we can read about, books can give us an opportunity to have experiences that we havent had the opportunity to, and still allow us to learn the life skills they entail. Books are a fast track to creating yourself.
Ever wonder why you dont read more? Well, if you dont make a plan to read a book, you wont do it. There are two conspirators keeping you from reading. The first is that you dont have to do it, unless you are in school, no one is going to make you do it.

 

The second reason is that life is just too full of easier, more passive activities. Reading, even the most mindless fiction requires more work than watching television or surfing the web.
Making a reading plan is like a morning runner laying out their clothes the night before: because youve put the effort in beforehand, you are more likely to carry through when the time comes.
The world is changing. We live in a world of constant change. Reading is both the best way to understand it, and to transcend it. By reading regularly, you are more likely to stay on top of things. By reading classics and works outside your field, you think beyond the tyrannical urgencies and focus on whats timeless. A reading plan will help you gather the resources you need to do both of those.

“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.”

Joseph Addison

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