For most of human history, the vast majority of people couldn’t read.

Literacy was a rare luxury confined to the clerics or the ruling classes, with the rest of society not being able to discern what had been recorded.

Thankfully, times have changed and most of our communities are able to functionally read.  It makes the ability to communicate and learn much easier and has broken down a lot of barriers over the generations.

But with this almost universal ability comes an unfortunate complacency.

We forget that reading is a privilege and squander it.

There’s a temptation to only expose ourselves to opinions or ideas that we already agree with.

Or we we confine ourselves to trash that does nothing to expand our minds.

Or we treat reading as a chore, to be avoided at all costs.

Today, I want to encourage you to take advantage of this wonderful gift.

To read widely and deeply.

To learn from the wise masters who have gone before.

To challenge and stretch your mind.

Don’t waste the privilege.