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Posted on Mar 05, 2018 at 10:01 AM

There is a quote that is often attributed to Mark Twain..."the man who does not read good books has no advantage over the man who can't read them".

 

I added this quote to the "rules of life" presentation, and the young and/or cynical among the audience often dismissed its importance by suggesting that old Mark was just trying to sell books.

 

For me it came to have a much deeper meaning...and one of the more difficult of my "rules" to follow.

 

My spin is this...the person who refuses to read opinions from all sides of an issue has no advantage over the person who chooses to ignore it completely.

 

Think about it...how often do we pass by a news source, or commentator, or opinion driver simply because we have most always disagreed with their views in the past?

 

I find I must force myself to read as many sides of an important story as I can find...even if some of those "takes" make my blood boil...I think that's what the founding fathers had in mind with their "free speech" argument.  But that doesn't make it any easier to listen to someone shouting at the top of their lungs their support of an issue I have spent my life arguing against at the top of mine...(stolen from a movie many of my "friends" refuse to consider).

 

I'm not always successful in following this rule...but I do give it an effort.

 

Be well...do good work...keep in touch


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Posted on Mar 17, 2018 at 04:56 PM

Thank you for reading...and for a very nice comment...be well.


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Posted on Mar 17, 2018 at 03:54 AM

 

 @jjhintn , 

 

I totally agree with you ..Reading is one source of achieving information and advance knowledge about everything...whether

a news , a report , a research or an opinion ..

 


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Posted on Mar 15, 2018 at 09:54 AM

hi

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