Reading is critical to imagination.
Reading broadens our imagination by stimulating the creative side of our brain. It opens our minds to new possibilities and new ideas. Imagination is vital to effective cognitive thinking.
About ten years ago, China organized its first government-approved science fiction convention. A Chinese official was asked why is there now an interest in science fiction since the party had banned anything science fiction for decades?
The official said that the Chinese are gifted at making things if other people gave them ideas or plans. But they struggled to innovate and invent. In short, they struggled to imagine.
When asked how they came to this conclusion, the Chinese official said that they had sent top engineers and business owners to the US, and they visited Google, Microsoft, Apple, and other innovative firms and found that those who were doing the creative inventing, had all been science fiction readers.
Reading, especially fiction shows you different worlds. It can take you where you’ve never been. Once you’ve helped the Rebel Alliance oppose the Galactic Empire, you will never be satisfied with the world as you know it.
Dissatisfaction is a good thing: Dissatisfied people change and improve the world, leaving it better for others.
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