“If you want to hide something from a man, put it in a book.” Powerful words from the grandmother of one of my close friends. He told me she was always telling him stories with underlying life lessons, but this, he believed most. She instilled in him the value of education and the world beyond this world, only found through searching the pages of a book.
Reading is at the foundation of our existence. How else would we communicate with the world around us. Every letter or mark on a page is a symbol, directing our thoughts and attention. ——> Look to the right. Or, : ) Smile. Yes, we have manipulated languages and drawings, and it’s all good. It is creativity, it is communication, it is art, and it shapes us.
Let me give you 3 reasons to physically read again:
1. Practice your Freedom
Through space and time, there exists this thing called oppression. Whenever a group wants to be superior to another, they take away their right to knowledge. They outlaw teaching them how to read and write. Without the ability to read or write, a person is incapable of forming their own thoughts and opinions. Therefore, they learn only to accept their inferiority. For example, a South Carolina slave law states “the having slaves taught to write, or suffering them to be employed in writing, may be attended with great inconveniences.”
Great inconveniences implies a loss of power among the superior group or white males.
Activists who spoke out during oppressive situations, including Frederick Douglas, Malcolm X, and Martin Luther King, understood the importance of reading in order to understand and fight for their rights.
“I have often reflected upon the new vistas that reading opened to me. I knew right there in prison that reading had changed forever the course of my life. As I see it today, the ability to read awoke inside me some long dormant craving to be mentally alive. I certainly wasn’t seeking any degree, the way a college confers a status symbol upon it’s students. My homemade education gave me, with every additional book that I read a little bit more sensitivity to the deafness, dumbness, and blindness that was afflicting the black race in America. Not long ago, an English writer telephoned me from London, asking Questions. One was, “What’s your alma mater?” I told him, “Books.”
~ Malcolm X
2. Create a Healthy Lifestyle
Smartphones and tablets are becoming the rulers of human life. We stare at them until we fall asleep and they are the first thing we touch when we wake up. Stop it people! Put the phone down, and pick up a book. You will sleep more, sleep better, and feel more refreshed the next day. See, there is this hormone called melatonin that helps you stay asleep, but your iPhone clashes with the production of that hormone.
Books, on the other hand, do not flash bright lights in your face. Instead, they lull you to sleep faster because your eyes get tired from scrolling the pages, without all the bright light chaos.
3. Make More Money
Steve Jobs, the Apple Genius, would not be who he is today if it weren’t for his ability to tell stories. You would not be holding that iphone if Steve Jobs did not know how to convince his board members that it would fit into an average person’s daily life. The way he describes his products is so sensible yet mind-blowing in one sentence. A MacBook became “The world’s thinnest notebook,” the iPod is known as “1000 songs in your pocket.” Who wouldn’t want these amazing products?
Reading will allow you to grasp concepts and learn how to articulate your own ideas into a language that people will crave. You will be able to better communicate with your colleagues, and more importantly, your boss. Steve Jobs is not the smartest man in the world, but he believed in an idea, and knew how to tell a story to make it work.