Posts Tagged ‘literacy’

Taking Philosphical Stock: Firepower says the Problem is Lack of Education and Literacy

December 27, 2011

Firepower – that’s his online nom de plume – offered such a well-written and thoughtful comment to the previous Dick’s World post that I decided to also run it as a featured post.

I’d offer a lack of education and literacy as a great deterrence to any advancement of world peace.  When we look at the countries that are troublesome in this world, most of them are led (and I do mean led) like a herd of cows.  Most 3rd world country inhabitants have a high percentage of people that can barely read, or can read at all.  Thus, they listen to leaders, many of whom are clerics, and they believe every word they’re being told.

We, in the US, are quite often the same way, though it’s not entirely due to illiteracy.  If main stream media says something enough, literally millions will believe it, right or wrong.  Many do not take the time to verify what they’re hearing to determine for themselves if it’s correct or not.

I saw an interview during the ’08 election where the individuals were asked where they received their news.  A bunch of them said, “Jon Stewart”!!!!  He’s a comedian, for Christ’s sake!!!!  Some things can be extracted as news or the truth, but it’s still a show for comedy’s sake.

I’m a Christian, but just because a preacher stands in a pulpit and says something doesn’t make it true.  Quite the opposite, I’ve found.

Look at teachers and some of the agendas they have.  Recently, my grand-daughter was introduced to “green” philosophy at school.  One of the things discussed was “saving a pumpkin”!!!!  The only way to save a pumpkin is to not plant it!!!!!  Then the same teacher went on and on about how bad the petroleum industry was…..not counting on how she was able to operate the air conditioner in her room, lights she was using or even how she got to school in the first place!!!

World peace?  Not until the earth is cleansed of people who DO NOT want to get along OR have an agenda far from what most people want.  We’re too many and too varied in our beliefs and customs to avoid these conflicts.  We just have to deal with what confronts us at the time.

Hell, our congress can’t even agree on anything!

Such a Bargain!

February 9, 2009

The National Endowment for the Arts just released a study that shows, again,  people are reading less.   You would never have guessed it by the crowds that converged on the Columbus Public Library over the weekend for the Friends of the Libraries annual book sale.  The crowds were larger and more money was spent on buying the books than last year. 

Friends of the Libraries Book Sale,  Columbus Public Library

Friends of the Libraries Book Sale, Columbus Public Library

Every type of book imaginable was on sale,  fiction, non-fiction, history,  textbooks,  rare books,  religion,  fantasy, and science fiction,  all donated by the public.  Except for the few rare books that sold in the $50 range,  the rest sold for $1 for hardbacks,  $.50 for trade-backs, and $.25 for paperbacks.

Who gets the money that is made after expenses? Friends of the Libraries.  What does it do with it?  Gives it to the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries.  That’s the whole idea behind Friends,  supporting the public library system.

Being a longtime supporter,   I work in the book store every other Tuesday.  It was fun learning to operate the cash register.  This year,  I am honored to be on the organization’s board of directors.  I do it because libraries are such wonderful places that offer the world of thought to everyone absolutely free, and, while books are still  the mainstay,   they are just part of the mix,  which includes audio books,  music CDs, movie DVDs,  computers,  book signings by famous authors,  lectures and movies,  and meeting rooms for all sorts of events. 

Friends of the Libraries Book Store, Columbus Public Library

Friends of the Libraries Book Store, Columbus Public Library

You show me a town that has a great library system and I’ll show you a great town.   Columbus has a great library system,  thanks in no small part to Friends of the Libraries.  Maybe you’d like to join our cause.  It’s easy,  just drop by the Friends Book Store,  buy a book for peanuts,  fill out a form, pay ten bucks, and you’re a member.  You don’t really have a to buy a book to get a form,  but it would be nice.   If you join,  not only are you supporting the library system, you get benefits, such as a free book for the most expensive one (up to $5)  you buy that day.  Say you buy a $.50 paperback and a $3 hardback,  you get an additional $3 book.   Come on one of  the Tuesdays that I am there, and I will personally thank you for it.  Big deal, right?