There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.
– Ray Bradbury
As a person who wrote one of the most beautiful books of all times, the late Mr. Bradbury knew what he was talking about. If you haven’t read Fahrenheit 451, do it now. Seriously. Go and get it from the library, or better yet buy a copy. Today.
It’s not just a great story and beautiful writing, but it shows the importance of books in our society. It doesn’t matter how high-tech we get. It doesn’t matter how much our culture advances. We need books. We need to read them. We need to make sure that new generations read them. Because books do one amazing thing that is essential for individual growth. They make us think.
The sum of individual growth = Society’s growth
So books make a society think, which is a very good think.
No, you don’t have to be restricted to non-fiction books only, or “serious” books. You don’t have to be limited to classics or high-brow literature. Well written books in any genre can give you food for thought. They enhance your imagination. They enhance your perception. They make you consider possibilities. And as a bonus….they entertain you.
What’s your all time favourite book? Feel free to name several, if you can’t pick one. Tell me in the comments below.
My all time favourites (because I definitely can’t pick one)
- The Blood Jewels Trilogy – Anne Bishop
- The Alchemist – Paulo Coelho
- Persuasion – Jane Austen
- The Fountains of Paradise – Arthur C. Clarke
- A Writer’s Diary – Virginia Woolf
- The Great Gatsby – Scott F. Fitzgerald
- Proust was a Neuroscientist – Jonah Lehrer
ACTION YOU CAN TAKE TODAY:
Go read a book. Either re-read something that you love, or pick something completely new, and then journal about how it makes you think.