Editor in Chief: Moh. Reza Huwaida Monday, April 22nd, 2019

A Proven Dose of Solution to Rescue the Nation

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A Proven Dose of Solution to Rescue the Nation

It is noted in our society, that even educated people do not like reading books. They try to spend their leisure time with T.V, social media networks, mobile games or hanging around without any reason, thus wasting it in unhealthy and frivolous activities. This way, a great of part of our human capital energies are evaporated with the passage of every second without deeming it as a problem! Wasting the time of 35 million people is never less important than devastating its economic resources as there is no more valuable capital than time. If we encounter a man or nation of rare intellect, there must be something wrong with their educational systems and quality of foods their minds receive.  Therefore, people from all walks of life should read books but the politicians, instructors, teachers and researchers need more.
When we read books, we gain the knowledge and experience of someone. It can hasten our success towards a goal, as we don’t need to repeat the same mistake while focusing on the right path in achieving one thing. It’s like a mountain of gems for one to discover in books, which contain people’s successes, failures and advice. Life is too short to keep repeating the mistakes that had been done by other people in the past, in order to reach the results that someone might already reached. There are many successful nations, more than four thousand billionaires and 12 million millionaires today. To become one of them, the first thing is to learn and get to know their past, what they did in the past that makes them where they are today.
Unfortunately, we just try to prevent from ignition of important books but in advanced countries they try to prevent from being unread or unwritten of important books. In our countries there are hospitals only for physical treatment but in advanced countries there are also hospitals for mind treatment. Many of mental diseases are communicable and its evil viruses can rapidly spread through new media among the society. More than ever, there are seriously needs for hospitals of mind but there is no better hospital for mind than library. Whatever the cost of libraries is, the price is cheap compared to that of an ignorant and ill nation.
In fact, Library is the delivery room for the birth of new ideas, a place where history comes to life and there is nothing more wonderful than a book! We may sit in our library or pick up a book and yet are in all corners of the earth and history.  A message to us from the dead, — from human souls whom we never saw, who lived perhaps thousands of miles away; and yet these, on those little sheets of paper, speak to us, teach us, comfort us, open their hearts to us as brothers. Only libraries and educational organization can build a nation, as no nation built on the surface of earth it must be built in mind and in heart of people.
However, we should note that libraries are not confined to traditional libraries; rather it can be consist of vast sources to non-stop learning opportunities including old traditional library, electrical, visual and so on.  A purposeful learner use new technology devices as a learning tool; for example, he can switch on a good T.V channel to read books during the meal or when waiting for his paperwork at a government office; thus he can reach Google resources through his handy mobile provided that he is not addicted with face-book. Undoubtedly, nothing can replace book, and so it is better to go into study room when the T.V is turned on.
According to experts, we need to make a rule that never gives a book to a child unless we would not read it ourselves; for the reason that books can be dangerous.  Some books leave us free and some books make us free. Hence, the best ones should be labeled to prevent the danger of poisonous mental food also refrain from wastage of time.  So, when a person intends to read, he should try to pick good books because life is busy and time is scarce. We cannot afford to spend time in reading all sorts of books. A thinker says. “Life is short…too short to everything. Choose you must, Choose only the best friends and in books!” therefore, the success of reading books largely depends on the proper selection of books, journals and periodicals, and nationally, there is a strong need to establish a committee of experts for selecting right books for public libraries. The guiding criteria for book selection should be based on psychological and national interests of the country.
In general, there are no more powerful tools to change the fate of an individual or a nation than books. The more we read, the power of our imagination and decision making will be strengthened, and we will find a better and deeper understanding of the things we encounter in our life. Accordingly, our problem solving power will increase.  Einstein says, “Thoughts and brain of men are codified in a way that is changeable through reading a book, and perhaps a single book may change the fate of millions of people in a special way. To increase the book readership we need to cultivate the culture of reading in our country; the ministry of culture is more responsible to promote book reading culture in the country.   Our society, will not reach sustainable peace and prosperity unless study becomes our everyday habit.

Mohammad Zahir Akbari is the permanent writer of the Daily Outlook Afghanistan. He can be reached at mohammadzahirakbari@gmail.com

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