5 Myths About Reading That You Need To Know
When it comes to reading, there are so many things that can be said about it in detail. Whether it’s the Benefits Of Reading Books, or, How To Start Reading, and in general. But, there are also many misconceptions associated with reading. Especially among the laypersons. Here, we will discuss about the five myths about reading which I experienced in my journey as a reader.
Myths and misconceptions about reading
1. Reading will make a person cool.
2. Reading gives wisdom.
3. Reading is an end in itself.
4. Reading will make a person super-intellectual.
5. Reading makes life blissful.
Reading will make a person cool
Normally, when we see someone holding a book or reading it, we tend to assume how cool that human is, isn’t it. But, remember, all that glitters is not gold. There are many people out there who pretend to be readers. But, in reality they are nowhere close to reading as such. In fact, such imposters click pictures along with books (usually borrowed them from their reader friends) and post them on their social media handles. To gain some brownie points.
And we also need to understand that reading gives readers a different perspective. To make them understand diverse viewpoints. So, that they can grasp the situation better than others. But, it doesn’t mean that it will make readers cool. That also depends on that reader and how they execute it in real life.
In a nutshell, reading doesn’t mean a person who reads is super cool. It depends on his or her attitude also. And how they tackle different situations in the real world.
Reading gives wisdom
Knowledge and wisdom are two different things. We need to understand this first. Reading gives you knowledge and facts about different topics. But, they can’t give you wisdom. Take this as an example. In Hermann Hesse’s novel,Siddhartha, the protagonist gained knowledge from his teachers and books. But, for wisdom he had gone through the trials and tribulations of life. Only then he gained the wisdom.
Same with the reading. Knowledge is like being aware of various things. It may be your country or the world. But, wisdom is being able to understand oneself, others and be able to differentiate between good and horrible.
Reading is an end in itself
Reading, is a means, not an end, in itself. In fact, it’s one of the many ways through which a person can learn about this chaotic world of ours. Even without reading, a person can gain knowledge. Like, through discussions, travelling and meeting people, by watching good documentaries, and even listening to good audio content. It’s up to you and your taste that you can select the medium for information gathering. So, don’t bind yourself through a single source. Try to diversify it. And enjoy it.
Reading will make a person super-intellectual
Every reader is not an intellectual. It also depends on what that person likes to read. Reading comics about imaginary super-humans is not gonna make a person intellectual. In fact, using one’s mind to solve issues and sharing the knowledge with others makes a person qualified to be an intellectual. Because, in that way he or she is using their intellect for the betterment of others also.
So, reading choices matter a lot. Because, reading is like a double-edged sword. So, choose wisely before reading. And avoid reading stuff that will only polish your ignorance.
Reading makes life blissful
Being blissful is a mental state where a person accepts himself/herself and his/her surroundings in totality. And it’s a long process that can be achieved through various means. Though, buying books and reading do make people happy. But, it’s happiness, not blissfulness. Being happy and being blissful are two different things altogether. And the state of blissfulness can be attained without reading, too. Like we’ve discussed in point number three, that reading is just a means, not an end in itself. The same we can apply here too.
I hope you like this article. And there are chances that some of you may differ from my viewpoints. And I understand that. A difference of opinion is acceptable as long as it remains in a cordial way. Thanks for reading. Jai Hind.
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