Living in the 21st century has made our lives comfortable in many ways, and we should be thankful that we don’t have to fight for food like our forefathers, but this lifestyle has made us lazy beyond comprehension. Nowadays, we have everything one click away, including any piece of information that we desire, and this has made us read books less and less. While there are plenty of people who think that we don’t have to read books anymore to understand the lessons that they give us, we should Google it. Googling for answers sure is much more comfortable, but it is not the same, because, to fully comprehend the message that the author is trying to convey, we have to read the book in its entirety.
Take, for example, Marcus Aurelius’ Meditations; it’s a book that should be read by any man, regardless of their age. Even though it may take less effort to google it and read the reviews about it, it’s not the same as reading it, and understanding what the Roman Emperor was going through when he wrote it. I remember when I was fourteen, and I read War and Peace by Leo Tolstoy, a massive book that has more than a thousand pages. It seemed colossal to me at that time, a book that I would get quickly bored with. However, to my surprise, I couldn’t take my eyes off it, and when I finished reading the book, a feeling of clarity came to my mind. There are still some quotes that will remain with me for the rest of my life.
From that time, reading has been an essential part of my life and has improved my life immensely. Let’s see reading through this lens; why should you rob yourself of understanding the greatest minds of humanity by just Googling them?
When you can do it yourself, it’s better to trust yourself to understand it and form your opinion about these matters, rather than relying on others.