Summary – Spoon-Feeding Effect of Reading
For the record, I love reading. Always have and always will. There’s no substitute to reading. It is the only portal to knowledge. If you want knowledge and wisdom, reading is the way to go. I’m not debating this so rest assured that you are not going to read about the benefit of reading today.
However, there is one side effect of reading that you really must know. If I can name it, I will call it Spoon-Feeding Effect of Reading. It is when you read a book, and you just believe and absorb everything you just read without ever drawing any conclusion from it.
For example, John is reading a book about politics. As we all know, the political stand of the author will always be mirrored in a book about politics. John had absorbed everything he read from the book that he is now an exact clone of the author when it comes to political stand.
This is one of the side effect of reading that you must know before attempting to read anything. You must never absorb everything the author wrote and make it your opinion.
You may ask, “what harm can this do?”. Well quite a lot actually. You could end up with these effects.
- No creativity – How creative can you be if you are nodding to everything the author gave you.
- Non-critical mind – You will need critical mind, when it comes to making good decision or brainstorming.
- Lazier mind – The mind is like any other muscle in your body. You exercise them, it gets stronger. Vice versa.
- No individuality – Have you ever met a person, and you notice immediately that he is different from the rest of us. He stands out naturally. That is because he is not a clone of anyone.
Reading will always be the best way to learn. But you should also know the best way to read. What you should consider when reading a book are as follows:
- Read the book.
- Try to grasp the message in the book.
- Search your mind for your own opinion about the topic at hand.
- Compare notes between the message and yours. The author can’t be always right and he can’t also be always wrong.
- Draw your own conclusion to the matter.
You may find these steps very simple, but you will be surprised to know that almost all readers fail to practise them. It is always easier to take the author’s word for it.
Books and blogs are usually written by smart people. And the readers are usually very keen to learn more about the subject from these smart people. What better way to be smarter than to learn it from smart people. You just need to make it a habit to develop your own conclusion from anything you read.
Your conclusion can be wrong. It can also turn out to be a smarter approach. What ever it is, it will always be yours. Nothing beats that.
– I wonder –
Besides fiction, what other types of books do you read?
———— Personal Note —————
I remember when I was a child, people often asked what my hobby was? I will then answered almost immediately, “Reading”. I guess reading was just the easiest answer or maybe I knew that people will stop asking when you answered “Reading”.
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