I have had a few people, asking me why I spend my time reading books. As they said to me, and I shall paraphrase this:
‘they give you nothing, are boring and just a whole lot of a wasted time’ …at that point I had to turn away and calmly walk away from the person, why? well that is really simple, you can’t discuss or argue with someone who is illiterate. They simply won’t understand what you are trying to say and will irritate you with, their non-exsistant ‘Logic.’ I bring this topic up because it is close to my heart. Today I was reading an article on ‘modern young adults’ and I remembered a quote by ‘Abbas El Akkad’ who, was an Egyptian writer he died in 1964 and wrote over 100 books.
He writes, and I quote:
“…I do not read for I have renounced life,
I read because one life is just not enough for me…”
I think that it is a wonderful quote. Only one sentence long. But with such great meaning behind it.
Humans are a curious species.
We learn and grow, we record things for future generations, create stories of other, wonderful worlds and are always evolving.
Or at least we used to be…
What has happened to this generation? I have met so many people who, if you ask what they like to read will answer with a horrific sentence:
“… I don’t read, unless you’re counting magazines…”
This has been bothering me for a long time.
I hate how superficial the whole world as become, we’re all about selfies, twerking, clubs and getting drunk, there is more drama than learning in our lives, and I’m talking about teenagers from the 13 years old and going up.
Honestly it’s a pity how little of our generation enjoys picking up a book and being transported to that imaginary world. It is a real pity that we are starting to lack imagination…