like you’re basically worthless if you don’t like to read and this weird little culture kind of ignores that some people really struggle with reading/can’t read at all
- not everybody has access to books. there was a study done that showed 1 book per every 300 low income children. books cost money. books cost time. reading isn’t going to be a priority if you’re low on these two resources.
- learning disabilities are a thing that exist. i used to love to read when i was a kid, before I developed a mental illness that sometimes functions as a learning disability and makes it so difficult to read books that it often frustrates me to the point of tears and i’ve finished probably one whole book in the past 2 years. many, many learning disabilities specifically affect reading, and you don’t know just by looking at someone whether they have one of these disabilities.
- people learn in different ways. you might be really good at grammar (whoopdefuckindoo) and somebody else might spend all their time watching the news and know everything about current events. maybe that person you think is “milkshake” because they said they didn’t like reading is an amazing artist. maybe you suck at art. you never know
1. Libraries exist. (And this is why they should continue to exist.) Free books, thousands of them, accessible by anyone!
2. Yes, learning disabilities are a problem for some people. My husband is dyslexic, so reading anything longer than a news article is incredibly frustrating for him; he just isn’t able to process or retain it. However, he is an excellent auditory learner, so… audiobooks! If I read a book I love, whether fiction or nonfiction, I can share it with him by digging up an audiobook version through our magical public library system. Libraries aren’t just for bookworms.
3. Yes again. Not everyone is a reader/writer/wordsmith and there is absolutely nothing wrong with that. However, that’s why there are all sorts of different mediums for storytelling and information-gathering. Hell, for awhile my husband knew more about classic literature than me just because he’d seen all the B&W film adaptations of books in his childhood. (Which his mother checked out at the library on VHS. Boom.) Today, if he wants to learn more about a subject that interests him, he either finds an audiobook or a documentary series focused on it.
So yeah, reading isn’t for everyone. Agreed. But that doesn’t mean you have to remain isolated from the vast wealth of awesome literature/knowledge out there. In my experience, people interested in these things can always find a way to absorb them, no matter what disabilities might hinder them.
(And yes, they probably kick ass at other things you really suck at.)