March Madness (Or Why You Should Read During Break)

The famous American novelist Mark Twain once wrote, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.” While Twain most likely meant to reference physical voyages, his words can be applied to reading nevertheless. To journey through the imagination and to gain access to a breadth of new ideas; this is the essence of reading, whether through an encyclopedia or an intriguing fantasy novel. As many of us head into March break, a hiatus from reading undoubtedly will be on the minds of some. However, in this current age, one must be open-minded and welcoming to all. Don’t vegetate on one little view; grow to encompass many different ideas.

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