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The destruction of the culture and society not only happens through censorship or book burning, but also through the apathy and disinterest of the population. According to the author of the quote the culture’s values, knowledge and identity are closely tied to its literary heritage. When people stop reading, they miss the opportunity to explore new ideas and new concepts, to open their minds to new possibilities and new creations and to learn from the past. When this happens, the consequence is a decline in critical thinking, empathy, and cultural values.
Nowadays, we live in a digital world with many distractions and a lot of forms of entertainment and information, which makes it easy for people to neglect reading. Although reading is the main source of acquiring knowledge, fostering social values such as empathy, and preserving the cultural heritage of our society.
We need to address this issue by encouraging reading and a love for it at a very early age and promoting the benefits of reading.
Emma Ugarelli is my name. I grew up in Lima, Peru and immigrated to Canada two decades ago. I have a Psychology degree from Peru, and I worked as a psychologist for fifteen years. In Canada, I pursued Early Childhood Education and I have been a daycare provider for the last twenty years. I became a writer in 2021 when I published my first children's book "Lou and his Mane". I reside in Kitsilano, Vancouver, with my family and cat Ricky.