How Important is it to be well-read?

This is a really fab blog by Tom about being well-read – I adored it! Go read & like the original post, folks 🙂

Idle blogs of an idle fellow

My mother is probably the wisest person I’ve ever known. She’s not schooled, she’s not well read. But she has a philosophy of life that makes well-read people seem like morons. –  Gene Simmons

How well-read you are has been a standard measure of intelligence, social kudos and pulling power since the written word was invented. In fact, it’s hard to resist conjecture that it was invented simply to impress other people. And this lingers, despite a digital age of commuters watching TV box sets on public transport, or publicly declaring how moronic they are by playing pointlessly additive games such as the ubiquitous Candy Crush. These activities are for unplugging the mind, not engaging it. Of course in some circles to have concluded the Eggsteroids level in Angry Birds is greatly admired, but it isn’t quite the same as being well-read. Not yet.

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2 thoughts on “How Important is it to be well-read?

  1. Thanks for the post by your friend. I must confess it pissed me off so much. Not because of the post which, as usual, is very well-written, but because of the Premise: “You’re not well-read if you only read white.” Wait, wait, the next step is: “don’t read white”?
    Grrr.

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    1. I know, it’s insane. But that’s where we are right now. I keep telling myself it’s a case of ‘temporary insanity’, you know, just a phase and it will all go back to normal soon…but sometimes, I get really pissed off all the same.

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