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4 Sep 2013

What books can do to improve us - Part 5

Unlike TV, reading is an active mental process. This means you are actively engaging your brain. This makes you smarter and allows your imagination to grow. This will help you to see new worlds. I remember reading the Harry Potter books a few years ago and seeing the wonderful worlds, JK Rowling has so vividly imagined in her mind. I’m talking about places like Hogwarts castle on the left. The act of her sitting down and writing out what she saw in her mind allowed me to visit lands that I didn’t even know existed.

Books are a skill builder; they help clarify difficult subjects. There is only so much that teachers can teach us, as their time is limited. When something peaks your interest, it’s up to you to continue your learning. For every good course, workshop, subject or skill out there, there is an accompanying book, which can help you to further you knowledge.

Books can help you to earn more money. As you read more in your chose career or field, you gain more knowledge and become specialized. From there it’s simple supply and demand. If you can supply companies and employers with more skills, there will be a greater demand for you. This affords you the opportunity to ask for more money. Obviously, this isn’t a guarantee. One needs many other skills, in addition to knowledge, to get a raise. However, it certainly doesn’t hurt.

Reading is also a fantastic form of entertainment, which unfortunately is being lost in our society. Unlike electronic forms of entertainment, books cost almost nothing: you can go to a library right now and get a book free. Some gaming consoles cost thousands and the games more and more hundreds. Books require no plug points or anything else, except you and your imagination. In fact, books can help you get away from all the digital distractions that we find in our lives today. Books and reading are your ammunition and armor, in a world that is becoming more and more focused on technology and data.

Books can help you acquire the thinking necessary to overcome obstacles in your life. One of the biggest obstacles one may have to overcome today is time spent surrounded by prison walls. Often, those who leave jail, re-enter society lost and confused and with nowhere to go. With no dreams or goals to believe in, many return to a life of crime, and the cycle continues. As Nelson Mandela once said, “When a man is denied the right to live the life he believes in, he has no choice but to become an outlaw.” Reading opens your mind, so that you may find another life to believe in.

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 4
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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