Since I first learned to read at the age of 22, I have been endlessly amazed by the worlds that the written word can open. Though it was frustrating at the time, as I look back now, I think I will be eternally grateful to the rogue social worker who forced me, phonetically, to work my way through "Anthem". Gradually, making the distinction between "p" and "q" or "b" and "d" became more than some stupid game played by eggheads staring at marks on paper for hours on end. That ability became a wondrous key to new realms of imagination and spiritual depth. No, Virginia, literacy wasn't just some passing fad promoted by the teachers' union. There were indeed good and valid reasons to have, say, both lower and upper case forms of letters. They no longer formed a barrier to understanding; instead, they became a bridge to knowledge and wisdom.
Friday, July 20, 2007
Posted by Mike on Friday, July 20, 2007