The Need to Read: Books Remain One of the Best Ways of Engaging With the World, Becoming A Better Person and Understanding Life’s Questions

This is a great article from the Wall Street Journal which is extra relevant in the post-factual world of Donald Trump (who, just today, is now claiming he not only won the electoral college but also won the popular vote and Hillary only won due to millions of people voting illegally.  This is insanely incorrect and therefore, roughly 48% of Americans will probably completely believe it by tomorrow.  Wow, can I get a time machine to jump four years into the future, please?)

Anyhew, I especially liked this quote…

Books remain one of the strongest bulwarks we have against tyranny—but only as long as people are free to read all different kinds of books, and only as long as they actually do so. The right to read whatever you want whenever you want is one of the fundamental rights that helps preserve all the other rights. It’s a right we need to guard with unwavering diligence. But it’s also a right we can guard with pleasure. Reading isn’t just a strike against narrowness, mind control and domination: It’s one of the world’s great joys.

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