Why Reading Is So Important To The World

By: Leanne Chun

Reading. Books. Even if the two are generally frowned
upon in our day and age, they shouldn’t be. Books are
the things that raised our nation. John Adams, Thomas
Jefferson, John Hancock, and countless others used books, or
rather, the knowledge they gained by reading the classics in
history, philosophy, and literature, to create the Declaration
of Independence and the Constitution. The best books have
influenced the organization of a government that protects
our freedom and rights here in America. So how can these
classical books not be important? And just because those
people and those events are past and gone now, doesn’t mean
that books have become any less important. In fact, we
young people need to keep up the great tradition of reading
the classics to become educated and well-versed in the world,
so that we can better fulfill our future leadership roles.
Why would becoming educated and well-versed in the
world be important? Think of it like this: we are the future.
We are the people who are going to be running this country.
We are the people who will be teaching in our schools, who
will be running our businesses, who will be our congressmen.
We are the future. If we want to be successful leaders in the
future, we must learn from the past. We can’t just expect
things to come to us naturally. We are the future. We have to
learn; we have to prepare. How are we going to do that?
READ THE CLASSICS! And while the Internet is very
useful (that cannot be denied), it doesn’t always present hard
facts. Websites and blogs are created every day, and those
are full of information, and a lot of biased opinion. The
Internet is designed for short articles, bursts of information,
short blogs and opinion pieces, and 60-second video clips.
Whereas books, and the classics specifically, exercise a
person’s ability to read, write, and comprehend; they require
focus and sustained effort, and an attention span longer
than it takes to read, “OMG.” Of course, not all books are
equal: Goosebumps is not Jane Eyre, or Plato’s Republic, or
The History of Herodotus. “In order to form a more perfect
union,” and understand and maintain our rights, we must
become truly educated. Books are the best way of doing that.
If you’ve already read plenty of books and are thinking,
“I already do all that, isn’t that good enough?” I thank you.
Our posterity thanks you. But, your “good enough” isn’t
good enough. You have to be the very best you can be. This
means that you must keep reading, and encourage others to
read. If you have and do, again, I thank you.
We are the future. We must become the future leaders
that our founding fathers would be proud of. Let us become
educated, let us explore behind the cover of those classics that
began our great country. Don’t just let them sit on the shelf,
gathering dust. READ. We are the future.