Reading is believing


WE DO KNOW READING is not always believing but knowing how to read empowers the individual to make critical decisions, change behaviors and inspire the imagination. With a population that is becoming increasingly illiterate, symbols, signs and other forms of visual communication are meaningless. The arts address metaphor, analogy, simile, irony and wit but these offer no context for those who cannot read. Reading helps in mental development and is known to stimulate the muscles of the eyes. Reading is an activity that involves greater levels of concentration and adds to the conversational skills of the reader. It is an indulgence that enhances the knowledge acquired, consistently. The act of training young children to read is a celebratory experience, sensitive parents who interact with their children transform reading into an emotional and intellectual experience. Reading is a constructive act, John Berger said, When we read a story, we inhabit it. The covers of the book are like a roof and four walls. What is to happen next will take place within the four walls of the story. And this is possible because the story’s voice makes everything its own. Learn more: National Institute for Literacy


2 Responses to “Reading is believing”

  1. 1 BC October 21, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    From the theater review for “American Idiot” a the Berkeley Rep
    by Charles Isherwood;

    “Options for the future appear limited for the idle young men depicted with harsh conviction in the arresting new musical “American Idiot” at Berkeley Repertory Theater here. They can choose to get high, go to war or sink permanently into the couch……………………………………………
    For them language is empty slogans on a TV screen or a propaganda poster, and they have lost the thread of the American fable, the one about the kid from a nuclear family in the ’burbs who follows the path of upward mobility and in turn begets his own happy family. The only words that speak to these drive-deprived postadolescents are the ones screeched or crooned over a snarl of electric guitar or a frantic drumbeat. They live immured inside the songs of rage and scorn and yearning that give life what meager meaning it has.”

  2. 2 Martin Mendelsberg October 25, 2009 at 1:23 pm

    How true.

    Technology transforms our culture in both positive and negative ways. In terms of verbal and written communication “text messaging” has damaged reading and language literacy more than music and especially TV. Most young people don’t bother with television anymore because in their view it’s old school.

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