When I go to your house, the first thing I do is look for your bookshelf. Yes, because it speaks volumes about you.
People who hoard books have more positive human relationships than those who don’t. Yes, because books teach us a lot of things.
Get a story book and see how people behave in the story. Their goal of reaching the top rung of the ladder, say career, business, etc., could be them in a constant battle with their inner demons. Yes, either pride, envy, jealousy, etc. could be a bitter truth about yourself. Learning how to deal with them and overcome them is something that can also be done when we are experiencing the same troubles. We must be good, kind, and just to be called well-adjusted individuals. Because when we’re living with other people, we need to be calm, know our limitations, and be willing to learn a thing or two about relationships. And reading books is a sure way to give us the necessary skills to deal with different people. Vicarious learning is key. When you read about the book character being the subject of jokes or slander or whatever, you tend to empathize. They know that it is not good to do such a thing or to undergo such treatment. Thank you to books I’ve read!
When I conducted a survey with my students, few of them have reading materials at home. They have no books other than textbooks that the school gives them to read for the school year. This is so alarming considering how important it is for a child to read books to develop their comprehension skills, fluency and vocabulary, but even more their appreciation for the human dynamic where people have different personalities, beliefs and… all have different action responses to a particular problem, etc.
Young minds later need to be developed into rounded individuals. They must have absorbed the wisdom of the great literature around them and be more sympathetic and empathetic to everyone, especially those beyond their close contact. Challenges with prejudice, hatred in some people – although irrational and all, still persist due to a lack of the habit of reading books and learning the dynamics of positive social interactions.
Those who are wide and wild readers, if you notice, are silent and easier to deal with, they could get their uniqueness without bias and prejudice and all. That’s the essence of reading books, where we become more understanding, supportive, and what-not to those around us.
However, there are always exceptions to the rule: some of us have this tenacity to be a person of brazen prejudice. Even the so-called educated. Yes, true education is how you interact with people beyond your close contact. The way you treat them is your own brand of social adjustment: treat people well to show your learned behavior, gleaned from various readings, experiences, and the like.
So next time I visit, please serve coffee or tea… and a book you’ve read countless times! I could get some wisdom from such and be a better person than I used to be. Just kidding!
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