Back to Basics

June 18, 2011 § Leave a comment

It has been often said, with good reason, that this world is too complicated, moves too fast, and is too concerned with materialism. There is much evidence to support such an assertion. To keep things simple, however, I offer one simple way to combat this state of being.

Pick up a book and read it from cover to cover.

That’s all. Do it as often as you can and at your own pace.

Why would this be important? Well, while there are many other ways of slowing down and removing ourselves from this hectic world reading and books are in the unique position of offering almost limitless pleasure while stimulating the intellect at the same time. You could take a walk around the block every day but that will get boring and repetitive; not so with books. With millions of them out there, the pages within a book have to give.

The more practical reason is also because we simply don’t read enough. We have access to more information almost instantaneously and yet we have huge numbers of citizens shockingly ill-informed about the world they live in. Many waste their time in pursuit of the most trivial things life can offer.

However, since I’m not one to order people around and tell them what to do (that’s the libertarian in me) I will not go any further. I will end by suggesting that you find yourself a good book and start reading.

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