Reading is a good thing.

@simon611 (598)
China
December 6, 2008 7:58pm CST
As is well known,books teach us to learn life,truth,science and many other useful things.They increase our knowledge,broden our minds,and strengthen our character.In other words,they are good teachers and wise friends.This is the reason why our parents always encourage us to read more books. Reading is a good thing,but we must pay great attention to the choice of books.It is true that we can derive benefits from good books.However,bad books will do us more bad than good.
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@lhenax15 (117)
• Philippines
7 Dec 08
Yes, reading is a good thing. It can help us learn and realize things the good way, depending on what kind of book or site you are reading.
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@simon611 (598)
• China
7 Dec 08
I agree with you very much. Thank you for your response. Happy mylotting.
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• Argentina
7 Dec 08
I don't think I agree with your point about bad books. Mostly because you don't define what makes a book bad, so I'll just assume you mean books that spread bad ideas and whatnot. I had this teacher in high school who was really smart, he was our music teacher but he would treat us as friends and teach us about many things other than music. You know those movies about the maverick teacher who appears, and he gets to the children, but the rest of the faculty hates him because his methods are too unconventional, and then in the end everyone loves him? This guy was like that. Except that everyone loved him from day one. Anyways, he once told me something and though I can't remember his exact words I can remember the bulk of it, he said: "Unless you're an idiot with no brains, who simply accepts anything he reads as absolute truth, there's no such thing as bad books. You need to know the bad in order to differentiate it from the good. If you're a smart guy, you can read the "Mein Kampf" and turn it into something good, because the day some ignorant neo-nazi comes with his hate speech, you'll know where he got it from. And since you'll be the smart one, you'll know how to retort and maybe put some doubt in his little racist, ignorant brain." And I believe he's right. I've never read the Mein Kampf, he used that example because during that week some neo-nazis attacked a Chinese supermarket, but I do understand what he was saying: You can also learn from the bad. Rich
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@coolside (16)
• China
7 Dec 08
I think you needn't pay such geat attention to choose book,just make sure that what kind of book you are interested in.
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@kkthom3 (279)
• United States
7 Dec 08
I agree that reading is great and probably a much more constructive past time than watching TV or surfing the internet. But I disagree about there being bad books out there. I can understand you saying that it is bad to read poorly written books, because I have encountered a few of those; the summary on the back cover looks good but as soon as you start reading you realize that the author has no idea how to write. I think that even books that you might think are "bad" because you disagree with them can still be good to read because you can learn from them and use them to strengthen your own convictions. Books that I love to read the most are classic books because they are sometimes referenced in modern society and I feel smart when I am familiar with them and can contribute to the conversation.
@annierose (17692)
• Philippines
7 Dec 08
I strongly agree with you that reading is a good thing. In fact, it is one good habit. Everyone who loves to read will not feel boring. It is because I can consider books and what I read as my companion.It gives me experience, entertainment, information that we can consider as assets. It is because those things we got from reading gives us knowledge. And having knowledge makes us intelligible and very smart person.It also widens our vocabulary.When we read, there are lots of difficult words that we encounter, and because of our likeness in reading, those difficult words become familiar to us. It gives us a chance to improve our communication skills. Because having a bank of vocabularies in our minds make us to understand other person with different nationalities which speaks to us different from our mother tongue.It also develops our imagination.It is in reading that we are given opportunities too see other places, people, culture even if we are not really traveling. Reading makes our own imagination to travel. In just one sitting, we can travel the whole world.Since childhood up to now, I am still so fond of reading. I believe that it improves me a lot and help me to be a competitive individual. Because of that, I can say that I am confident to meet other people because of the benefits of reading.
• United States
7 Dec 08
What may be bad books for some may be good books to others. I consider the bible and Koran to be bad books. Religious people may think atheist books are bad. I think it is all a matter of opinion. So rather than there being good or bad books, they are all books and must be determined by the individual reader whether these books have merit or not.
@lmizzy (78)
• China
8 Dec 08
Hi,simon611 I still remember when I studied in a middle school,one day the teacher asked us to write a composition,the subject was whether everything reading is beneficial.So as I see your discussions,I just recall that.As the Chinese says " Opening book is beneficial",obviously it is not comprehensive.Not all the books can teach and give us usefull,interesting and healthy thing.When we choose some books to read,paying attention is important.
@Blondie2222 (21399)
• United States
7 Dec 08
Yes I agree. Reading does help us learn. I love to read. But I dont read as much as I used to anymore I just dont have time to sit down and read a book. I might b4 I go to bed erad atleast a chapter a night but that's all I can get in really. Just too busy now to read.
@23uday (2998)
• India
7 Dec 08
HI frnds, reading is a good thing. reading is my habbit and daily i will read books,newspaper. By reading we can learn many things and gain so much of knowledge frome reading magazines,novels,newspaper.i will read author books also. reading is very great and good thing in everyone's life.
@eynjel05 (444)
• Philippines
7 Dec 08
I do agree. Books can gave us alot of benifits. I really love reading books. It helps to release my stress. Everytime I felt bored, I used to read books. Books can actually influence us with different belief of the character that the book is presenting. I realized that reading different genres books helped me alot.I can visit different places around the gobe by just reading books. When you read books, you don't just read i, you internalize it.
• India
7 Dec 08
yes reading is a good thing.it is the first level of getting knowledge by every human beings.
• Philippines
7 Dec 08
yeah like self studying. Reading is the only way to achieve knowledge when ever you can't ask to somebody else. .
@rosdimy (3936)
• Malaysia
7 Dec 08
Reading does open the mind to a different world. It depends to a large extent on the books chosen. Our background learning experience also plays a part in how we receive or accept new information found in our readings. However good books are we should not deny the importance of a guide who can help us on the positive side of reading and learning through books. Otherwise even a good book can lead us astray. There have also been people who took only parts of a book to suit their arguments. - rosdimy -
@teresat (156)
• United States
7 Dec 08
I love to read. It indeed helps with our intellect and makes us more rounded as human beings. It also utilizes our creativity and makes life more interesting.
• India
7 Dec 08
reading is indeed a very entertaining and relaxing...i thoroughly enjoy readin especially books which provide knowledge...
@fasttalker (2798)
• United States
7 Dec 08
I agree. Rading is very relaxing for me. There is a wealth of information out there if we will take the time to read it! Have a great day!