I often hear the older generation say ‘youngsters don’t read” they believe our generation has replaced reading with visuals and that we consider reading a thing of old- out of place. I wouldn’t necessarily disagree with such ideology, however, I believe the 21st century has evolved and we rarely ever read which is a shame. Although some people are more concerned with the initial or short-term benefits when it comes to reading- The question of ‘what do I stand to achieve?’ comes into play when the subject of reading is mentioned. Reading has been equated with Academic, Boring and Introvert which for some isn’t ‘up to social standing.’
We prefer to get the latest gadget because of the social benefit of having such device and the privileges it comes with. So we avoid the idea of reading when it doesn’t liken the benefit our devices come with.
Have you ever had to urge to buy a new book as we do latest gadgets? Perhaps another theory behind reading and why it is considered a chore is because reading is no longer equated with value- People see reading as an inherently introversive thing- something that only benefits the reader, we don’t ever get the chance to show off with reading because it does not benefit us enough in a social sense. Which is absolutely true as knowledge isn’t an object but I believe knowledge can be felt although not as much as we can show off our iPhone.
Isn’t it funny that we hardly see or hear people eager to get a book that’s due to be released but ever so often, we hear people anticipate the release of a new gadget? (By the way, I heard the latest iPhone is scheduled to be released next month). Only if we are eager to grab a book as we do other stuff like technology.
Books never get out of fashion. Technology does.
There will always be a place for reading.
Another reason behind reading I assume could be because we are in a consumer culture, we are shown other stuff to consume and the idea of reading is assigned to teachers to deal with. Take a look at our advertising system, for instance, we are presented with other stuff to consume but reading. Could it be because there is no cultural stigma to reading or people don’t feel need to read because the value of reading is not as exposed as it should?
As a teenager, I and my friends were always eager to read out to the entire class. To us, it was a thing of pride- a time to show our eloquence or so we thought.
I realise how much people hate reading. I’m not saying reading is always fun although it depends on the contents. Most times it is often a bore when one is assigned the task of reading. People see it as a drag while for others, selling books is perceived as a mini ‘scam’- a way of ripping people off by getting them to buy and read books.
I use to find myself in the first category- those who find reading boring especially when it’s been given as a task. I tend to enjoy reading a book or an article when chosen voluntarily but I have learnt that in other to do better for myself I need to read wide and this means whether it’s interesting or boring. The most important thing is that it must be educative or informative.
As a child I thought completing my studies and coming out with great results will make me or made people successful. I didn’t realise that formal education doesn’t hit the mark at all times because most of life will be lived after ones’ formal education. This doesn’t mean formal education is a waste of time because it isn’t.
I remember my final year in university was tough and I said to my friend “I’m done with uni; I also promised I wouldn’t read the sign on a board” little did I know I was deceiving myself. After working in a company for a year and few months, I realised I needed more out of life so I went back to study however it isn’t all about formal education-which is something most people fail to realise, they think formal education is the ‘end-goal’. I used to think so until I got reading and understood that “formal education will make you a living. Self-education will make you a fortune”. With self-education, we are constantly improving and growing.
I was open to a whole new ideology from reading a book ‘Twelve Pillars’ that has challenged me to read more. The authors said and I’ll leave you with the same thought to ponder on:
“Have you ever wanted to sit down and have dinner with great leaders and famous thinkers? You can when you read their books”.
Below are few quotes I found which I thought perhaps will get you to grab and anticipate the release of a new book.
“Let us read and let us dance – two amusements that will never do any harm to the world.”
To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark.”
– Victor Hugo
“To acquire the habit of reading is to construct for yourself a refuge from almost all the miseries of life.”
– Somerset Maugham
“You don’t have to burn books to destroy a culture. Just get people to stop reading them.”
– Ray Bradbury
“A truly great book should be read in youth, again in maturity and once more in old age, as a fine building should be seen by morning light, at noon and by moonlight.”
– Robertson Davies
“So please, oh PLEASE, we beg, we pray, Go throw your TV set away, And in its place you can install, A lovely bookshelf on the wall.”
– Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
“It is not true we have only one life to love, if we can read, we can live as many lives and as many kinds of lives as we wish.”
– S.I. Hayakawa
“Choose an author as you choose a friend.”
– Sir Christopher Wren