How much do you read?
How important is it to you that those closest to you are readers?
Or is it good enough that even though they may not read, they understand and support your love of reading?
Book Riot just had an interesting post about judging others who read – or don’t read.
As for myself, I always have goals and challenges I work on. However, I do not judge others by whether or not they read as much as I do or at all. I don’t even care what they read as long as they read.
To quote Jill Guccini’s article: “If someone reads fewer books than you do, it does not make them less intelligent than you. It does not even make them a worse reader. If someone reads different types of books than you do, it doesn’t make them a bad reader, either. It just means they are a different human being than you.”
If I judge at all, it’s not on those who don’t read, but those who make themselves a hindrance to those who do; the ones who challenge books and try to ban them from schools and public libraries; who say stupid crap such as, “Sometimes people write novels and they just be so wordy and so self-absorbed. I am not a fan of books . . . I am a proud non-reader of books.”
Snobs and haters exist and in the case of that last statement, narcissistic idiots. They always will. Our society seems to have a very strong superiority complex and seems to revel in it any way it can.
Some may think I’m being harsh on Mr. West. But it’s not him as much as his reasoning. If he just came out with, “I don’t like to read.” I’d be okay with it. However, his reasoning is [expletive deleted] vacuous.
Unfortunately, it’s hard to see things as they are by turning up your nose at them. From that position, one completely loses perspective.
It doesn’t matter whether they buy books, borrow books, read them on the iPad, Laptop, or eReader – what matters is that books get read; that the opportunity is always there for any person in any way possible to read what they want, when they want, and how they want.
This is a freedom we must protect at all cost no matter how much or how little your friends and neighbors enjoy this freedom. It is ours to cherish and share, not to belittle and judge.