What’s More Valuable Than An Education? Reading

“A library with filled bookshelves and blurred light bulbs hanging from the ceiling” by Janko Ferlič on Unsplash

Reading is a big part of my daily life these days. From researching for client work to reading on my own time, my life has slowly become abundant with the activity.

There was a time well before this where I was like most other people. I didn’t read that much, even during school. I hardly ever employed the text books I had to spend hundreds on each semester.

I only got them solely for the problems. After school though, I ditched reading.

Through reading books there is much that I’ve learned and I’m exposing myself to different view points as well.

I know I’ve been talking about reading a lot lately, however the world has a serious issue of not reading and researching.

From people being ignorant, to people lacking patience, I believe that doing research and reading will help immensely.

Far more than any education from any Ivy League school in the world.

That’s not to say I’m against education. After all school does teach us some indirect things.

From learning how to research to meeting deadlines and understanding our work ethic on some level, education can help at some capacity.

But Reading Expands

But reading books expands our minds further than any school text book ever could.

Books focus primarily on the opinion of one or a handful of authors with the same view points.

Of course some text books are presented solely as facts like economics, accounting, and others.

However some are more opinionated topics like history, politics, psychology, and more.

I feel there is some discussion of those, but not enough that there are differing perspectives.

In this case, reading articles and reading other books can help in expanding our world.

By reading we are voluntarily opening ourselves to an expanded learning that text books don’t always provide to us.

Reading Brings Understanding

Through that expanding, we get understanding. Of course I’ve said before that the understanding can help us in learning about ourselves and can help in removing our impatience.

That being said, our understanding can help in a variety of other ways as well.

With deeper knowledge and understanding comes a deeper appreciation for the world around us. We have a willingness to learn and appreciate the new perspectives of people.

People who lack understanding or are immediately exposed to opposing views are more prone to putting barriers. They’ll argue and fight with the other persons belief as opposed to expand on it or try to understand it.

A good example is the science vs religion debate. I personally think it’s silly because either side will never fully yield. People will choose to either be on one side over the other and each has their own compelling reasons.

That’s not to say there are people in between. My point is some people will never choose to understand both sides. Instead they will stick to one side and never change stance ever.

All the same with every topic there is always at least two sides to it. Both sides will never truly waver.

However, by reading and having an open mind, we can understand their motivations and reasons.

To Read Is To Be Informed

We are all ignorant people when it comes to certain topics and that’s alright. It’s not our responsibility to know everything about a topic.

Not to mention that would be impossible to do considering how quickly information is available and expanded.

That being said, it is our responsibility to seek out when we wish to learn more, and to not turn a blind eye to an opinion.

We all have our different motivators and reasons for saying things and one way to discover that is through reading.

So pick up a book and read through it or continue to expose yourself to many articles. Knowledge is learning about one side of an argument while wisdom is understanding both.

To your growth!

Eric S Burdon

This post is part of an 3 month writing challenge that I’m committing myself to. Every day for 3 months, I’ll be writing articles with specific criteria in mind. You can learn all about my reasoning as well as what that criteria is right here. This is 75 of 91 of this series.

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