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The Good, the Bad, the Reading

By Nick Maker   nmaker2

 

We the people of this earth have always progressed so much in our history by inventing, exploring, researching, and how does it all start? In mankind we study our language first, the sound we hear, and the letters we invent to see. That’s how we made the greatest invention that ever lived, when we finally make ourselves human. The mass powerful knowledge that we express ourselves with, that our Lord has given us the mind to teach, to share, and to open our creativity… are books.

Way back when there was nothing to do but work and we had to entertain ourselves, we used our mind to make a game. That’s when we were kids, now how did the adults do back then? They either socialized or read books or the newspaper. That’s how they know everything, we explore the new things that are happening around us and we store this information and tell to our kids, so that they will remember and tell their own kids when they grow up. To remember the adventures they had, the world around them of how they work, or the time when disasters start we remembered the troubles behind and correct our mistakes that either we cause or not repeat these actions.

People through ancient Greece with scrolls grow into hard covers, when we develop a new style of our life. Farmers into business men, poor folks into scholar folks, these are the things that start a walkthrough toward life into humanity. Our brains develop the skills we require to learn, copy and experience. This is the way, when our mind has built our thoughts and ideas, to see what we want and to do to make this world a better place, with books! Although which book you read, you must be careful of what you choose, either could be worth in your mind or just garbage filled with cockroaches walking into your brain. There is the light side, but there is always the dark side of reading some topic of a book.

Now in today’s society many people rely on technology to do the job much easier, which decreases your brain’s grey matter. Like calculators to solve very simple arithmetic. In books, however, they really turn paper pages into digital pages which are great for saving trees and to store a library if you love reading. Or the computer which is the greatest knowledge tool to surf the web and find everything you need.

Now in schools there is a lot of reading involved especially when given an assignment, but when the students have graduated, got a job and maybe a family, do they really have time to sit down and read a novel of War and Peace? For some reason people start to look at books as mediocre and either TV, videogames, or just anything digital will say to the person that this is more entertaining than reading. Or like movies for example, when you watched it, but later on you find out that it was based on a book. What do you prefer, a movie to just let the brain turn off, or use a little brain power to learn the inner workings of the character and story.

This brings the whole topic of declining books and how our literacy ratings have gone down during this generation. People have forgotten that reading isn’t just an assignment for tomorrow’s school paper; it’s about the imagination you use and the excitement of adventure of the people who speaks toward the story. The ideas that affect us in history of black slavery, WW2, rich vs. poor, everything that we lived through.

Now I understand that some people don’t have time to grab a book and just read, but it all depends on one’s mind. Should they look at a cover a book and just judge it? Or maybe compare to a magazine and a classic novel and you choose a magazine because of interesting pictures (note to play boyz).

Well in the communities we can all manage time, we can all find our favorite genres, and we can all use our eyes to perceive the truth. If the language of a book is difficult and boring, either choose a different genre or pull a bit back on the Shakespeare; there is lots of old English translated into the modern language. The government may help us read more, but it’s all in the mind of one.

This is what makes us human and this is what makes us unique, and special beyond any creature on this planet we call earth. The vast infinite knowledge we share, the battles and experiences in our existence of life. The Lord that gives us the choices in life, whether we use it for good or evil. If we are losing the reading skills we used to have, we can gain it back and start a brand new passageway to the inner reaches of humanity.

About Nick…
“I am a studious person who loves reading and loves researching about virtually anything! I play the piano and every year I have to give a performance in a church. I love video games – especially when it’s a puzzle and action game. I would like to become a programmer one day in the field of computer science. I love my family so much, even if we drive each other crazy sometimes, we’re still one big happy family.”

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