In the last two and half years, I’ve read more books than my previous two decades combined. I’ve developed an insatiable appetite for information and a desire to learn; learn more about love, happiness, success, classicism, racism, acting, music, and myself.
In order to awaken that desire in others, I started sharing my books on Facebook with the #readingtolive . I believe knowledge is our new currency, and I want everyone to be wealthy. Prior to this year, I would read mostly fictional novels, my favorite writers being David Baldacci and James Patterson. However, this year, I gravitated toward spiritual guidance, and African-American based authors. I even read my first Harry Potter book. My favorites this year have been The New Jim Crow, Assata, The Seat of the Soul, and the previously mentioned Harry Potter – and The Sorcerers’s Stone. I’ve also gotten into audio books. I listened to The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace D. Wattles, and the Richest Man in Babylon.
I must admit- I started a few others, as well. I started reading Ghandi’s Autobiography, and A Message to the Black Man by the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. I promise I will finish because these are great men, but let’s just say they aren’t J.K Rowling.
I’m always down for some new books. Please feel free to share your favorites, or ask about any of the books I’ve mentioned. If you post what you read on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter #readingtolive, and help spread the wealth.
The last five years have been pivotal for me. I’ve learned so many things post-curriculum based education – grade school through college. I sometimes find myself frustrated and upset over the things that I’m just know learning. For example, I can’t recall ever learning my constitutional rights. Or the fact, that Christianity has been brutally forced unto thousands of people throughout the years. I’ve read more books over the last two years, than at least the previous 10.
Learning things as an adult is scary. However, learning that your peers don’t care to learn is even more scarier. I understand. To hear that African-Americans have been strategically taught to hate themselves is a scary thought. To learn that our (African-American) leaders can never become too powerful or they will be sentenced to humiliation or death, is a scary thing to conceive. To know that prisons are state of the art and our schools are over-crowded and decaying, is a fact that can keep you up at night, IF you believed it to be true.
I have allowed myself to be seduced by ideas and theories. I’ve peeped into several religions, only to conclude that most of them center around love and compassion for one another. I’ve allowed myself to be seduced by the idea that aliens built the pyramids, only to conclude that the media just doesn’t want to give Africans credit because that would mean they were superior in some way. I’ve thought and reconsidered everything from Santa Claus, to homosexuality, to the Underwater city of Atlantis. I know a little bit of everything but I’m wise enough to know I know nothing.
If you don’t, I beg you to allow your mind to be free. Our minds weren’t meant to be controlled or manipulated. They were given to us to think. Think about everything. Consider everything! Everything that you posses was once an unthinkable idea. Your car, your shoes, your child, the cement streets, ice cream, even YOU. Don’t let anything restrict your thoughts. Dare to educate yourself. Dare yourself to be seduced by knowledge.