For many decades, successful people have been preaching the importance of reading and developing your skills. But why? The answer to this question is obvious if you’ve read Fahrenheit 451. You see, reading allows you to escape for a bit, into another realm per se. Fahrenheit 451 is a real reminder of how the pleasures of life can impede the power of a well-rounded man. If the storyline of this book were to come into fruition, we would quickly find ourselves living amongst a generation without imagination.
“That’s all we live for, isn’t it? For pleasure, for titillation? And you must admit our culture provides plenty of these.”
What is Fahrenheit 451?
Fahrenheit 451 happens to be about a culture where books are prohibited, people are often found talking to their “parlor families” (an interactive TV experience). While another set of people, those who are curious, brilliant, or imaginative are shunned and even martyred!
Reading is like time traveling or being able to transport into a different realm. With Fahrenheit 451, it is no different. If you think about it, though Fahrenheit 451 was written in the ’50s, Ray Bradbury was spot on about the future. He wrote about exactly what is happening in this day and age.
I find myself easily comparing two parts of the book with current events:
We don’t have wall tv’s or parlor families but this could easily be compared to interactive TV shows, or even Alexa! In 2020, many favor Netflix, Instagram, or gaming over taking an online course or further developing an existing skill. We have become blinded by the pleasures of life and forget to exercise basic human instincts like curiosity.
2. Shaming the curious-minded
If you’re playing flag football with a bunch of friends and someone is sitting on the sidelines reading a book, it is so easy to ridicule them.
But, consider this fact:
You may have developed the mindset that you should shut off after work, but the curious-minded are at a greater advantage because they are always finding ways to grow.
What are the two types of pleasures?
When you overindulge in the short-term pleasures of life you will find yourself going down a slippery slope. This is where you can lead your life into unhappiness. I refer to short term pleasures as pleasures that entertain you at the moment but don’t bring any real value to you. Example: Netflix, playing games with your friends, partying.
Did you know the happiest people are those who are imaginative, giving to others, and finding ways to improve themselves?
Find long-term pleasures that boost your creativity, curiosity, knowledge, self-esteem, and allow you to be that much closer to finding yourself. Example: Go for a walk, read a book, take your friends to an art show.
Don’t get me wrong, all pleasures are great, but make the effort to choose those of substance. And choose to be aware of when you’re overindulging. With that being said, a great way to create boundaries between the two is by setting some form of ratio and seeing how well you do with it.
3 Great Habits To Start!
While the characters of Fahrenheit 451 might advise differently, I would suggest working on three habits:
1. Staying curious!
- Helps you to remain vigilant
- Causes an increase in positive emotions
- Allows you to enjoy and participate in life experiences
- Stronger mind
- You learn to be more observant
The important thing is not to stop questioning… Never lose a holy curiosity.— Albert Einstein
2. Reading a whole lot of books!
- Reduces stress levels by 68%
- May add years to your life
- Allows you to have a better understanding of other people’s emotions
- You are better at processing information
- Gain better memory and mental abilities at all stages in life
Excerpt from ICS Learn:
When Warren Buffet was asked the key to success, he advised reading 500 pages of non-fiction a day.
Bill Gates reads 50 books a year, mostly educational.
SpaceX founder Elon Musk learned to build rockets by reading books and loves autobiographies of successful people.
3. Finding a balance between pleasure and mental growth.
- For every hour you watch television, make it a habit to also take an hour to read a book, work on a hobby, or learn something new!
Ensure that you always spend time growing mentally rather than simply succumbing to the pleasure of life!
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