I had a run in the other day with someone. They told me that contrary to popular belief, people did not like to read. The concept this person brought to my attention was that as people become more educated, and get better paying jobs, they feel reading is beneath them. The idea stemmed from a comment where lower ranking people were meant to read for those higher up. So in thought, reading is a job for those who are lower on the socioeconomic scale. –More important the person, the less they read.
Well, this was eye opening. It all suddenly made sense. Those in government don’t read the piles of legislation that someone wrote, CEO’s don’t care about what they sign, and leaders don’t understand the people they are serving. Could this be why our world is so upside down and why our society is declining? Could it be so simple that people just are not educating themselves or taking the time to read? People these days are busy. It’s easy to see we live in a fast paced world. Are they just too busy to care about anything other than themselves?
I wanted to discuss this conversation on the blog today. Who are readers? As authors, most don’t make a great deal of money but we do try to support our community. So, who are readers besides those that write? Is reading and writing really looked at as a social stigma? I’d always thought it was the opposite. In society we’ve always been taught to read and write. It’s the building blocks to becoming something in society. So, how has this idea evolved and how have people become so out of touch?
In order to see who reads I’d like to prove a few points to those who believe they are “above” reading. If nobody was reading anymore then what on earth would Hollywood do to make money? So the poor people of Hollywood seem to be readers. Books have become the biggest box office money makers for years. In our fast paced lives people still want to be taken to new worlds to escape their own. Without readers and writers society would not have this outlet that becomes media frenzy.
Teachers still educate students. I know this because I have kids that go to school and read. My husband is a school administrator and he still reads. So if you believe that educators are extremely under paid then in this case, these are the lower class of society. Most people believe that educators are paid well and have benefits that many do not in this ever unstable economy.
Kobe Bryant, Oprah, and Mitt Romney all have shown the public that they are readers. Are these the bottom dwellers that read? If they are, I’m good with hanging out with them. To all you CEO’s, politicians, and professors who find reading beneath you, It’s time to rethink your life. I’m not worried about offending you because I’m quite certain you won’t have the time to read this.
Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments on who you think are readers… And whatever you do, keep reading.