Why are books such an important part of education? Why are kids advised to read books other than those prescribed in the syllabus? There is no such thing as a bad book. Each and every book has something new to offer. It may be introduction of a new idea or reassessment of an old idea. A well researched book will bring the reader in contact with some of the best minds in the world.
Shakespeare’s plays speak of human emotions, politics involved in power and decadence that sets in when money becomes more important than humans. Modern fiction books rely on current day society and assess its flaws and benefits. A person who reads Shakespeare and modern books can easily find out how things remain the same despite the fact that centuries have passed.
This realization leads to development of one’s philosophy towards life. It may be difficult to measure the benefits of philosophy in real life. Yet, there is no denying that it is indispensable.
Gandhi based his methods on Thoreau’s Civil Disobedience. Martin Luther based his philosophy on Gandhi’s non violence. Lincoln continues to inspire people and his words printed in books continue to hold sway today. Books can easily be described as mankind’s personal diary. A person who knows the history of a particular idea can easily understand its impact better. Current day success stories like Bill Gates were not particularly accomplished students. This was true for the likes of Newton and Einstein as well. Books help us explore these patterns better.
Utility of books is not restricted to philosophy, freedom and other such higher ideals. A study of approach of Henry Ford or Philip Kotler towards marketing, production and management will be incomplete without reading their books.
You have the choice of starting the process immediately or waiting to discover how useful books are by seeing others who read books progress faster in life. In either case, it is difficult to imagine a person to succeed without utilizing the past lessons of mankind recorded and safeguarded in books.