Because it keeps the brain active, keeps us interested and actively participating in ‘the mysterious gift of our existence.’ We read to look at ourselves and our universe as in a mirror; to marvel, comprehend, understand; to be awe-struck; to be engaged, entertained, alive!
Don’t get hung up on sections or sentences you don’t understand; skip them, and read to get a general sense of the chapter. Don’t be afraid or lazy about using the dictionary: I recommend The American Heritage Dictionary. Read slowly, underline if necessary (I don’t hesitate to in the least, and for me books are highly sacrosanct enough to devour and eat). While re-reading I often just read the underlined for a quick review. Re Read. Don’t bother with introductions, go straight to the pudding.

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