Why Reading is Important

Well, why breathing is important? Why living? Everybody has the kind of things they like to do. Some like to dance. Some like to paint. Some like to do drugs. So it is important to find the balance between gaining and liking. Doing drugs will not provide you with any gaining, at least not the good kind.

While some likes are harmless, some are not. And then there are those that provide us with answers, widen our horizons, and allow us to learn, and at the same time, gain.

In this busy world that we live in, it is a tough chore to find any time for yourself. After a long day at school or at work, people just want to relax. I believe that relaxation in a form of reading a book is the best answer. However, some might not see it that way. Forcing yourself to read removes the pleasure out of the equation. Therefore, it also raises a question: Is reading important if it does not bring you the pleasure?

In my opinion, reading is quite necessary for development. Like school is quite an important part. The secret is finding the balance between pleasure and necessity. I might not have enjoyed every part of the school, like lessons. Or the forced reading. I did enjoy the fun hanging out with friends parts, though. The same balance can be applied to reading. If you are not enjoying reading, maybe you have not been reading the right material. There is no harm in finding the classics quite boring, especially when they are forced upon you by your teachers. Moreover, not every genre is for everybody, but with such a vast variety of genres and formats, it is impossible to dislike every kind of the book.

Finding every single book boring is a similar concept of finding every single film uninteresting, or every single meal disgusting. It is just impossible. What actually makes reading seem like a boring thing to do are the stigmas attached to it. Like:

  1. Reading is uncool. Well, since being smart, having an opinion, or not wanting to become a drug addict are considered uncool as well, maybe just ignore this belief.
  2. Reading is boring. Again, nobody is forcing you to read a more than 1,000 pages of War and Piece. Just try various genres, and you will definitely find something.
  3. I do not have time. Now you are just lying to yourself. Did you just not waste 2 hours on pointless scrolling on Facebook, or playing Candy Crush? I find that people who are actually busy find much more time for various kinds of entertainment, they just know how to manage time much better.
  4. Random excuse number four. Reading is actually for you, you gain so much when you decide to give something a chance.

There are people who enjoy drinking themselves to oblivion and grinding themselves on others, unable to form a coherent sentence, and googling what is the EU after voting Leave. Those people find reading very boring.

Or there are people who actually enjoy forming an opinion, understanding the world and its relations, wanting to get more in life, dreaming creating, and learning. Those enjoy reading.

So choose who do you want to be.

I am a strong believer in the value of reading different kinds of genres. In my opinion, every genre, if well-written and well-crafted, has an immense value. Whether you prefer classics, contemporary romance, or high fantasy, the value of reading might change to a certain degree, but it will still provide some gaining. Because reading allows you to learn. Whether it teaches you about history, provides you with real life lessons, or just helps you to gain a richer vocabulary, it is always beneficial. So whether you choose to escape to a fantasy world,  visit a near-future environment, or read about a family dealing with a surprising illness, reading still means gaining. After a while, you might start craving a different genre, or start recognizing the differences between a well and poorly written works. But it will enrich your language, colour your imagination, and allow you to become a better version of you. One who will not listen to others telling you that reading is uncool.

“An empty vessel makes the loudest sound, so they have the least wit are the greater blabbers”

 – Plato




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