Why do you read books?
To boast about the number of books you’ve skimmed? To pass an exam and earn a paper certificate? To improve your thinking? To learn something new?
Whichever reason you choose. Reading plays an essential role in human development.
Francis Bacon says, “Reading makes a full man. Writing an exact man. Speaking a ready man.”
But reading because you want to intimidate friends at a party with the number of books you have read is not why you should read.
Nor should reading to pass an exam and earn a paper certificate be a reason for reading.
Instead, you should read because it’s the only way to understand the world.
Read to improve your thinking. Read to acquire better mental models. Read to learn something new about the world you live in.
Why Is It Important to Read More?
There’s this tired phrase of “leaving the world a better place than we met it.”
But you can only change your world after understanding it, not before.
After producing the theory of gravity, as well as calculus, Isaac Newton said, “If I have seen further, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.”
Reading grants us access to the knowledge of giants and heroes past. It lets us explore ideas that existed before we appeared on the universe.
Tinkering with these ideas, we can then create something new for society.
So Why Should You Read Today?
Read to know the boundaries of knowledge in several fields. After you’ve known it, start working towards pushing these boundaries. That’s how innovation works.
Don’t just consume. Create.
First you have to read!