I don’t remember exactly how old I was when I started reading books, but I remember being pretty young. I remember really enjoying Nancy Drew and The Hardy Boys and murder mysteries. Those were great!
My parents and teachers encouraged my reading as much as possible, and you know what? I’m really glad that they did. I was reading an article by Ryan Holiday recently that talks about ways for people to read more. Basically he suggests that people simply need to make the time for it, just like they make time to watch television, jerk off, or spend time with their girlfriends. I think he’s right about that, but he also made another point that really resonated with me. He said…
Look, you either get this or you don’t. Reading is something you know is important and want to do more of. Or you’re someone who just doesn’t read. If you’re the latter, you’re on your own (you’re also probably not that smart).
And you know what? I think he’s right. I’ve met quite a few people during my time on this earth (that’s one of the “perks” of having done sales for so many years), and I can say with the utmost conviction that everyone I’ve met that expressed a dislike of reading were not, shall we say, the sharpest tools in the shed. I mean really, how could they be? I think it’s fair to say that we learn a lot by reading books, and if we don’t read books? Well, what can I say…
How can you ever learn to communicate effectively if you don’t read books? If your only source of reading material is an online gossip blog or lifestyle site like Unfinished Man then cripe, I weep for the future of humanity. How can you live with yourself? How can a person say they don’t like reading? That’s like saying they don’t enjoy music.
It’s sad… we’re living in an age where people’s attention spans are measured in seconds, and internet memes reign supreme. Many people just don’t have the patience to sit down, read a book slowly, and try to absorb some of the content. If it isn’t a collection of cute cat and dog pictures, forget about it.
Reading books? Who does that anymore??! Well, you don’t, and you know what? You’re probably not very smart.
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