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Intro

Reading is something we take for granted, but it is a beautiful thing (writing is just as amazing). Now adays reading is advertised as “A way to escape to a new world”, but that is a bunch of bullshit in my opinion. Sure, you can read a fiction book and enjoy it, but you are just reading the story of a hero (or something), you are not being transported into the other world. It is your love for the hero that keeps you in the book, not the magic world it “puts you in”. But that is not even the point of this page. The point of this page is to say that even THAT understanding of reading is shallow and nearly useless. How does loving an imaginary hero do anything for anyone but you? Especially when there are so many historical and real life heroes to learn about and share with others. Why get invested in a fake one?

Early Readers

The first documented case of someone reading (that I know of) is Imhotep in Ancient Egypt. There is a legend about the Nile going through a 7 year drought, which caused a food shortage in Egypt. The pharoah did not know what to do, so he went to his Vizier (Imhotep, who is speculated to possibly be “Joseph” from the Bible. The one with the Dream coat) and asked for help. Imhotep then (unheard of at the time), referred to the “ancient texts” (Imhotep lived in 2700 BC, so double ancient) for an answer. Before that, everyone just trusted anyone that had the power to tell them. If I went to a Vizier and said “What do I do?” (before Imhotep) he would just scratch his chin, then spit out the first thing that came to his head (as far as we can tell).

Imhotep was considered a great magician, for his ability to use “Magic” books to fix the problems of the “current” day (again, Imhotep lived in 2700 BC so not really “current” for us).

Reading Application

Reading can help you in MANY MANY situations. Sure, you can watch TV and get fake experiences that you would never get in real life, but a book can take you into the characters minds while you fake experience it. So you can then recognize different people's mentalities in your everyday life, recognize situations that they are putting you in, and apply what you have learned from reading about them. With the extra knowledge of what kind of thoughts are ACTUALLY running through the other persons head, instead of just going on gut feeling alone.

Reading will also help you in all areas of school work, and work-work. If you can recognize certain speech used in a question or article, you can get a better handle on how to answer/work with it.


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