Failure can make you realize that you just weren’t looking hard enough…People speak of opportunities as open doors. They never mentioned that its more like a maze with countless doors at every turn, some are locked, some close just as you reach them, and some are open. There are less of the open ones. Sometimes you are lucky to find it and other times you have to chart your way through by remembering where you’ve already been to get to where you want to be. Oftentimes its both mixed in with a little guidance from those around you and from your own fear of what the consequences will be to simply give up on yourself. I’ve learned that the “opportunities” have always been there, getting to them is the hard part.
Maybe getting your foot through the door isn’t enough, may you need an axe.
There’s an increase in aliteracy–people who can read choose not to read. It wasn’t long ago when people were fighting for education. When having the ability to read was desirable. It was a great benefit when the book became more than a literature of the elite. When advancements were made from 1880. When inventions and improvements expanded access and diversity. Print was cheaper and moved geographically and reached those who were left out prior to the technological innovations at the time.
Though more Americans reported reading at least one book of fiction or poetry in 2002 than in 1982, this is only because the adult population grew by 38 million in those years; the percentage of this population engaged in “literary reading” declined from 57 to 47 percent. The decline was greatest for eighteen- to twenty-four-year-olds, from 60 to 43 percent. The percentage of college-educated single women who participate in book clubs and literary discussion groups declined from one-third to one-fourth between 1974 to 1994. The number of people who do not read at all has been rising… (2)
The book lives but not reading.
A History of the Book in America. Check out Vol. 4 Ch 1 “The Enduring Book in a Multimedia Age” (Schudson)