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Monday, January 24, 2011

The Mess We're In

“Problems cannot be solved by the same level of thinking that created them.” -Albert Einstein
This quote directly challenges our lack, as a country, of continuous learning on an individual basis. I read a statistic recently that said "in 2006, the average American watched 4 hrs & 45 min of TV per day & read 18 min per day from books" (Publishers Weekly, Sept. 18 2006). Now tell me that isn't a problem! I doubt that we are learning very much about successful life principles during those nearly 5 hours of television. Americans are entertaining themselves to destruction. By not reading about history, politics, economics, religion, etc. we are allowing ourselves to be taken advantage of by people who do not have our best interest at heart.

Benjamin Franklin, with the help of some others, created America's first circulating library. He did this so people would have access to a great number of books, especially those that could not afford new books.

"These libraries have improved the general conversation of the Americans, made the common tradesmen and farmers as intelligent as most gentlemen from other countries, and perhaps have contributed in some degree to their privileges." -Benjamin Franklin
 How can you argue with someone who was the only Founding Father who signed all three significant documents in US history (the Declaration of Independence, the Treaty of Paris, and the Unites States Constitution). I want to encourage you to pick up a book and read. As interesting as fiction can be, let's make the choice to read from non-fiction so that we can start to change our thinking. The same thinking that has gotten us into the mess that our country is in currently. God bless!