Have you ever met people that say that they hate reading? Don’t they usually appear to be a bit uneducated?
There is a line in a movie called Matilda: “Why would you want to read when you got the television set sitting right in front of you? There`s nothing you can get from a book that you can`t get from a television faster.”
At first blush this seems accurate, that we can learn quicker if we watch the television. We tend to equate a television story with a book. The problem with this is that we don’t actually retain the items that we watch on the TV. I know this to be true; I can’t remember what the news stories were from last night’s nightly news.
Reading a book forces the mind to imagine. As we read our mind is conjuring up what the various places, directions, facial expressions, actions, and movements look like. The mind grows and stretches. This could be called work. It could also be called enjoyable and stimulating.
It’s not as fast, and we are a ‘sound-byte’ people, but the experience of reading is richer and far more fulfilling, don’t you think?
Maybe the word I used above, uneducated, is incorrect and a little harsh. Perhaps shallow would be a better fit. I think that the people who don’t like to read prefer to have stories fed to them. But are critical thinking skills developed this way?
Critical thinking is not being critical, just thinking through what is being told. As an example, think about an ad that states “4 out of 5 doctors prefer” in an advertisement. What kind of doctor’s? Four out of five measured out of how many – five? Five thousand? Were they paid to state their opinion? And in my mind, political ads are worse.
So when you meet a person that hates to read it follows that they don’t read their Bible. They’re trusting that what the preacher is feeding them is accurate. I guess that’s fine, unless the preacher becomes begins teaching false doctrine. Actually, though, without critical thinking skills, it’s more likely that a person would simply become lethargic to the Word, and simply disregard the preaching, but keep up the appearance of living a Christian life.
I need to get a Kindle Fire. Why, I could walk around with 6000 books in my hand! Let’s see, Louis L’Amour wrote 126, Tom Clancy has 109, Ken Follett wrote 32 and Dorothy Gilman wrote 26. All in a small little tab.
Holding a real book has a better feel (to me) than holding a Kindle, but if I wanted to change books midstream it would be simpler with a device than with a paperback. So says the guy with a laptop on his lap.