The world’s a demanding place. Shouldn’t you be doing something more useful than having your nose stuck in a book?
Here’s a nice short video from good folks at The School of Life that gives you the answers you need, next time somebody asks you that loaded question. They give four good reasons as to why reading is just about the best possible way to spend your time.
Their four reasons to read are:
- It saves you time
Literature is the ultimate time-saver — giving access to emotions and events you couldn’t otherwise experience.
- It makes you a better person
You learn too look not at, but actually though, someone else’s point of view, often kindly, generous, sympathetic people.
And literature questions the dominant value system, the one that rewards money and power, making make us sympathetic to ideas and feelings that can’t afford airtime in a commercialized, status-conscious, and cynical world.
- It’s a cure for loneliness
In the best books, it’s as if the writer knows us better than we know ourselves — they find the words to describe the fragile, weird, special experiences of our inner lives and give us maps to our own selves, so we feel understood and affirmed
- It prepares you for failure
One of our greatest fears is of failure, of becoming, as the tabloids put it, “a loser.” A lot of literature is also about failure (no conflict, no story) but great books don’t judge harshly or one-dimensionally.
Literature deserves its prestige because it help us live and die with more sanity, goodness and wisdom. Now go read a good book!