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3 Sep 2013

What books can do to improve us - Part 4

It’s no secret our society, South Africa, has some problems. We have a government that is rife with crime and corruption, a largely uneducated population and an economy that fails to meet the basic needs of many of its people: including a roof over their heads, warm clothes on their back and food in their stomachs every day. To you I say these problems are real. For this and many other reasons, countless citizens have already left our shores. They’ve gone over to the so-called first world in search of greener pastures. Places like America, Canada, England, Australia and New Zealand. They and many of the people who still live here, demand access to the luxuries that the first world enjoys: cheap goods and services, free education and healthcare, etc. But I ask you, do we deserve all these luxuries…

As I said earlier, I wrote a book about my experiences growing up. On weekends, I go to markets and sell my book. At one of these markets, I met a couple form the UK. A part of their business is collecting second hand books from people in England and bringing them down to South Africa for distribution to underprivileged schools. We chatted about our different cultures and they were shocked at how few people in South Africa read. As I said earlier, only 14% of our population are regular readers. They said that in the England almost everyone walks around with a book or some reading material, tucked under their arm or in their bag. I was on radio the other day, and one of the other guests said, in some countries where there is a long delay between red and green lights in the traffic, taxi drivers pull out novels and read between the lights. So again, I ask, do we deserve the luxuries of the first world, when large parts of our population fail to do the things that people in the first world do! Yes, our government has problems and the challenges we face are real. However, the biggest problem here is the people and our inability to do what we need to do to work on our most valuable asset: our minds!

So, I’ve been banging on about how bad technology is, and I’ve written a little about books. Why should you read books? Books expand your mind. It’s like a workout. Same as when you work out your body and it grows, so your mind grows. The only difference is, instead of doing a pushup or running around the field, you’re reading a paragraph. And it’s not only the information that’s found within books that helps the mind to expand. It’s also the act of reading itself.

Books give you the courage to think differently, so that you may be able to change the circumstances in your life. They light the path in front of you and show you new horizons. As Nelson Mandela once said, “Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.”

What books can do to improve us as people - Part 1
What books can do to improve us as people - Part 2
What books can do to improve us as people - Part 3
What books can do to improve us as people - Part 5
What books can do to improve us as people - Part 6
What books can do to improve us as people - Part 7
What books can do to improve us as people - Part 8
What books can do to improve us as people - Part 9

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