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QUANTITY OR QUALITY?

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I’m not a very fast reader, but I’m a very thorough reader.  As a writer of books I learned to hard way that it is vitally important to use the exact word, in the correct context, you intend your reader to understand.

Therefore, I take care to understand each word I’m reading.  What’s the point of reading if you don’t understand — or misunderstand — what you’ve read?

When was the last time you used a dictionary?  If you don’t know the meaning of each word in the sentence, you won’t understand the sentence.  Simple.

Reading is a form of communication.  Our environment is saturated with verbal, visual, musical and printed communication.  Too much communication prevents communication. We can’t process all of it, so we begin to ignore it, reject it and treat it all the same.  When that happens we loose are ability to differential, which is our ability to reason and make rational judgements.

A good rule of thumb about reading is this “QUALITY IS MORE IMPORTANT THAN QUANTITY“.

The “Dumbing Down of America” (and the world) is happening because we are reading more quantity, but the quality is dwindling grammatically.  The content of Twitter, television, films and popular media is diminishing our ability to evaluate the relative value and validity of information.  Are minds are literally being drowned in drivel!  The Draconian education policy of  “No Child Left Behind” is designed to drag everyone down to a level of  dim-witted incompetence.

Don’t fall for this bullshit.  Understand what you read.

Here is a great tool to measure your reading speed and comprehension:

ereader test

ALONE TOGETHER

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WE'RE ALL ALONE TOGETHER

Do you feel as though you are completely alone?  Do you ever feel as though there is not one other person who really cares who you are, or what you think?  It is possible to honestly and opening share your deepest thoughts, dreams or emotions with anyone?  Do we really understand our OWN thoughts, dreams and emotions? If not, how can we honestly say that we can understand those of another being?

On Earth it seems that communication using language symbols  with other beings actually prevents complete understanding!  Our social facades, sexual-biological programing and cultural customs may temporarily soften the reality that we are, and have always been alone. As much as we may desire admiration from others, or feel admiration for others, we are the only person who really knows and understands the depth and breath of our inner, immortal self — if this is even possible at all.

Sharing life, love, understanding, hope, dreams and illusions with other beings — and losing them — awakens the soul-crushing brutality that we are, in fact, alone.  There is no greater pain that any being can suffer than this awareness.  Yet, this seems to be the fact of existence as we know it on Earth for the vast majority of beings.

When we die and have no body we literally disappear from physical universe reality.  People may have memories of us, but these fade and die each each person fades and passes from “reality”.  Religious propaganda tells us that “you are loved”.  But, are you really loved by another person, and an unseen spirit?  Do you even “love” yourself? Your relationship with yourself — yourself alone — is a subjective experience that cannot be shared with anyone.  If we want to be “loved”, we must do it ourselves. Love is an experience that is self-created.  However, when we’re dead we can “rest” assured that everyone else is alone with us, or without us. The pain we all endure alone is the reality we share together. ~ Lawrence R. Spencer, 2015.