Sunday, February 3, 2013
JJS History Month: Day 3
First, reading. The first book that I can remember reading from beginning to end and not for school was Stephen Kings The Shining. From there it was The Hobbit, then The Dark Tower, The Wheel of Time, various bios, historical fics and non-fics, The Iron Angel Trilogy, Song of Ice and Fire, Lord of The Rings, and the list continues still.
Needless to say, at the risk of sounding cliche, reading has changed my life. Humans need different stimuli in order to grow. Ill skip the muscle-growth analogy for now so as to not sound even more cliche, but without certain stimuli, we cant evolve, especially when it comes to thinking.
Thats why it surprises me, that in the 21st century, the age of the internet, blue tooth, and hybrid cars, that there's still millions of people who cant or wont read. I remember how small my world was back before The Shining and I shiver thinking about it.
TV and movies will only get you so far, but neither are strong enough to bash down the doors needed to access different realms of thought.
And reading is economically more feasible as well. It cost $20 for a DVD that you'll watch for 2 hours and then what? Paperbacks cost half that, last a lot longer, and since you use 60-80% of your imagination, you will get a different experience each time you read it. Afraid of taking up space? We got the Kindle and and The Nook, and various online apps.
I know this blog post wont change the world or increase literacy, but the rant made for a good fun fact and MAYBE someone will read this, think about it, and pick up a book.
Hope you all had a good weekend, be back tomorrow.