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A Short Poem-Like Essay About Books for Book Lovers

Read to know less, so you can learn more

a bookshelf filled with books to inspire people to read
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It’s easy to watch 50 movies a year.
It’s hard to read 50 books a year.
Reading is one of those things that everybody wishes they did more.

Books can change you. Books can change the world too.

Imagine if people from two enemy countries read books about each other’s history and culture.
They would better understand what it means to be them.
Conflicts would end.

Imagine if parents read books about teenagers’ psychology and teenagers read books about parents’ challenges.
They would learn about each other’s struggles.
Family members would live in harmony.

Imagine if we all read books about the influence ego has on our actions.
We would learn who the real enemy is.
And we would be kinder to the world.

We often talk about things we don’t know as if we were experts.

We say, “If you start that diet, you’ll get sick!” without knowing anything about nutrition.
“Languages are best learned when we’re kids!” without knowing anything about language acquisition.
“Don’t travel to that country! People are bad there!” without knowing anything about everything.

But it’s normal to form quick judgments.
We do it because we don’t know enough to realize how much we don’t know about a subject.

Books change that.
They make you discover how little you know.
And you suddenly want to listen more than you speak, so you can learn more.

Then, the more you know, the more you want to know.
So you pick another book and read.

The ocean of knowledge gets deeper the more you go into it.
Reading becomes addictive.
You find yourself in a never-ending cycle that makes you grow.

A short post like this one can only scratch the surface of a subject.

Feed your brain with short articles and tweets and you’ll stay in shallow waters, where judgment is quick and opinions are cheap.

Read books and you’ll dive into the abyss, where you’ll discover the most amazing things.

Where you’re given the chance to become the best person you can possibly be.

Fabio Cerpelloni is an English language teacher, writer, author, and podcaster from Italy. You can find out more about him and his work by clicking on his glass of beer in the photo.