Free yourself from the concerted effort of wholesale conformity that is underway all around us. The merchants of mass identity are relentless.
The FIZZ is omnipresent. It’s everywhere. Are we losing our minds? Are you worn out from being over-stimulated and shoved in a certain direction?
We’re under assault says Alan Bissett (Who Stole Our Reading Time, Books Blog at the Guardian):
In the 90s, there were a mere four TV channels (Britain). Each household had a single phone-line, usable once at a time…
Now, the reader is under assault from hundreds of television channels, 3D cinema, a computer-gaming business so large it dwarfs Hollywood, iPhones, Wii, YouTube, free commuter newspapers, an engorged celebrity culture, instant access to all the music ever recorded, 24-hour sports news …
We gladly “kiss the hand” of celebrity culture. Pretty embarrassing, isn’t it? What about our own lives and the significant people connected to us? What about the things that are really important?
A leisure time that was already precious has been chewed into by text-messaging, Facebook and emails. Almost everyone I speak to claims that they “love books but just can’t find the time to read.”
Are we losing our minds?
It is costly for those swept away by the flood waters of “fizz.”
So besieged are we by the entertainment industry that we are being stimulated only in certain directions. The sound of fizz is everywhere. Sustained concentration on the printed word, whether in-depth argument or fictional narrative, creates a particular cerebral event which visual-dependent media cannot.
In a real sense, we’re losing our minds. It’s diminishing our thinking.
The assault upon this has meant the very theft of our thinking space … (the) pregnant, mental pause of reading has come under threat like never before.
Life is too valuable to be mass-conformed …
One of the leading things we can do is read. Good reading FREES us from mass identity and helps to develop and preserve our individuality.
A moderate reading pace, 15 minutes per day, 5 days out of each week, will net you 15 two-hundred page books per year.
It’s a modest investment of time that can yield personal development, awareness of history, spiritual growth, professional development, and more. Reading builds leadership into our lives.
Raise the standard. Spread the word. Champion good reading … inspire children, youth and adults to read.
Just 15 minutes a day is a promising start.
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