Wayne A. Madden 2012-12-10 23:02:58
The World’s Most Powerful Tool: A Book I heard once that smart people learn from their own experience, but wise people learn from the experience of others. In other words, our own life, however rich and varied, is a drop of water in the ocean of human experience. What others undergo and understand is definitely worth our knowing, too. We can only sit down and talk to so many people, hence the great value of books–the compilation of human experience. As you know, this year I am encouraging Lions to promote literacy. The ability to read is crucial to getting ahead in life. It’s the key to a good job and a decent life. Every child is a reservoir of potential. Reading propels children and adults toward attainment, opportunity and enrichment. Literacy gives us the tools to take our place in society as informed and active citizens. Reading also helps us cultivate a deeper and better appreciation of ourselves. “Think before you speak. Read before you think,” said the writer Fran Lebowitz. We learn about ourselves and form our ideas through reading. Literacy is the window to self-knowledge, the fulcrum for solid thinking and the lever to effective action. Lions have responded to my Reading Action Program. Next month’s LION will contain a roundup of outstanding literacy projects. In the next six months let’s continue to donate books to schools and libraries, tutor and read to children, mentor illiterate adults and otherwise fill the world with books and stamp out illiteracy. In a World of Service, our roar as leaders among readers can be as powerful as any act of service we do.
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