“It is said that a picture can say a thousand words. Well, so can a thousand words. They are the keys by which we can unlock new and amazing worlds, some of which ascend beyond the imagination, and it all begins on the first page.” – BookNerd
Greetings Fellow BookNerds,
I’m sure each and every one of you have had at least one person in your life tell you that you should get your nose out of the books and go out and spend more time in the real world. Of course, books just like anything else should be enjoyed in moderation, much like Halloween candy and video games – these examples were inspired by the bag of fuzzy peaches sitting on the desk to my left and the Game Grumps YouTube video playing in the background as I write this – otherwise you grow sick of them. Not that I can ever see myself growing sick of reading… or eating fuzzy peaches, for that matter, but there is a greater point to all of this.
The people who tell us that we spend too much time reading are more likely than not in need of a good book themselves, because more often than not, you can learn a hell of a lot more about the world you live in by means of science fiction and fantasy tales than you can from what the real world has to say. Before you start jumping to conclusions, I am not in any way insinuating that the world is full of nothing but lies… that’s not to say that it isn’t, but I do not share that particular opinion… well, not entirely anyway. So many things do lie to us on a daily basis, but where there are lies, there are also truths to be found. That’s right, I can be deep 🙂
When I was studying journalism in school, one of the most important lessons that the professors drilled into our brains is that nothing is ever black and white. The world is more than just a line which separates the right and the wrong, the good and the bad, the beautiful and the ugly. It is more like…a Megagon. No, I did not make that word up, but if you must, go ahead and take a second to look it up to quell your uncertainty…. satisfied? Okay, moving on. So basically, when we figure that we’ve seen every possible side of something, we’re surprised to find that there was another one, and there are always going to be more sides than what we can see with the naked eye.
That’s where books come in. They see things that we should have already been able to see, but for one reason or another we didn’t. I feel like the main reason for this is because our imaginations are not bound by the body’s limitations. The mind has the capacity to see so much more than what our eyes ever could, but only if we’re willing to put it to work.
There are books that have been around for decades that we can still learn so much from, which I think is why we still study them in school. Even if the terminology may be outdated, or they refer to places that haven’t existed for a long time, there is still a wisdom tucked away in their pages that we can learn so much from, even things that, honestly, we should already know.
The value of human life, for instance. Human history is plagued with violence and death, as if that was the only way to settle differences. Even now, in a time when we are more than capable of talking things out and coming to a mutual understanding, we still resort to mass genocides to get our messages across. Honestly, I think our world leaders could benefit from taking a moment to crack open a good children’s book and re-educate themselves about some of the more effective ways to make nice, like ‘treating others the way you want to be treated’. I’m sure they all learned this as children, but I guess they forgot.
Books are such a precious and valuable resource, which is why it breaks my heart to see fewer and fewer children interested in reading, and more and more libraries being shut down, their books discarded like unwanted garbage. They say civilization is always advancing, but if you ask me, we’ve taken quite a few steps back in our progress in the past decade alone.
Books help us to not only avoid repeating our past mistakes, but they also act as a window into what the future could potentially hold based on the actions we take today. They are our teachers and our reminders, and we would be lost without them.
I would love to hear your thoughts on the issue, so feel free to post in the comments below or on my blogs facebook page via the link in the sidebar, and as always, keep reading!