Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Reading

I'm thankful for the few readers in my life who have challenged me to make reading a priority. Nothing has challenged my thinking like a well scripted thought laid out in a good non fiction book. Sometimes its helpful to immerse ourselves in the minds of people who are nothing like us, otherwise we have a tendency to simply float downstream and become a puppet of our culture.

Whether we like it or not we are always being influenced by the people we're around the most. Reading gives us access to people who think differently and live differently. The great thing is, we get to choose who influences us. 

There is a downside though. Reading can become a form of procrastination. If a new idea doesn't produce a new action then its just another form of consumerist entertainment. It makes us feel smart like we solved a case with Sherlock Holmes but in reality we never got off the couch. 

But remember, the one who doesn't read is no better off than the one who can't read.

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