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Do you miss Hiram and Rachel? Let's see what's going on there. Fair and square. By sharing my bed? In my own house? It's free now. See you there! It is complete. Hi, dear. Here is the end of the story. Time to say goodbye. I will miss you guys! MoboReader is always with you! We have more interesting stoties for you.
See you around. Hiram and Rechel I don't know but I love your love story. Robin 0. So it is unfortunate that, round the world, we observe local authorities seizing the opportunity to close libraries as an easy way to save money, without realising that they are stealing from the future to pay for today.
They are closing the gates that should be open. Or to put it another way, our children and our grandchildren are less literate and less numerate than we are. They are less able to navigate the world, to understand it to solve problems. They can be more easily lied to and misled, will be less able to change the world in which they find themselves, be less employable. All of these things.
And as a country, England will fall behind other developed nations because it will lack a skilled workforce. Books are the way that we communicate with the dead. The way that we learn lessons from those who are no longer with us, that humanity has built on itself, progressed, made knowledge incremental rather than something that has to be relearned, over and over. There are tales that are older than most countries, tales that have long outlasted the cultures and the buildings in which they were first told.
I think we have responsibilities to the future. Responsibilities and obligations to children, to the adults those children will become, to the world they will find themselves inhabiting. All of us — as readers, as writers, as citizens — have obligations. I believe we have an obligation to read for pleasure, in private and in public places. If we read for pleasure, if others see us reading, then we learn, we exercise our imaginations. We show others that reading is a good thing. We have an obligation to support libraries. To use libraries, to encourage others to use libraries, to protest the closure of libraries.
If you do not value libraries then you do not value information or culture or wisdom. You are silencing the voices of the past and you are damaging the future. We have an obligation to read aloud to our children.
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To read them things they enjoy. To read to them stories we are already tired of. To do the voices, to make it interesting, and not to stop reading to them just because they learn to read to themselves. Use reading-aloud time as bonding time, as time when no phones are being checked, when the distractions of the world are put aside. We have an obligation to use the language. To push ourselves: to find out what words mean and how to deploy them, to communicate clearly, to say what we mean. We must not to attempt to freeze language, or to pretend it is a dead thing that must be revered, but we should use it as a living thing, that flows, that borrows words, that allows meanings and pronunciations to change with time.
Fiction is the lie that tells the truth, after all. We have an obligation not to bore our readers, but to make them need to turn the pages.
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One of the best cures for a reluctant reader, after all, is a tale they cannot stop themselves from reading. We all — adults and children, writers and readers — have an obligation to daydream. We have an obligation to imagine. It is easy to pretend that nobody can change anything, that we are in a world in which society is huge and the individual is less than nothing: an atom in a wall, a grain of rice in a rice field.
But the truth is, individuals change their world over and over, individuals make the future, and they do it by imagining that things can be different. Look around you: I mean it. Pause, for a moment and look around the room that you are in. Someone decided it was easier to sit on a chair than on the ground and imagined the chair.
Someone had to imagine a way that I could talk to you in London right now without us all getting rained on. This room and the things in it, and all the other things in this building, this city, exist because, over and over and over, people imagined things. We have an obligation to make things beautiful. Not to leave the world uglier than we found it, not to empty the oceans, not to leave our problems for the next generation. We have an obligation to tell our politicians what we want, to vote against politicians of whatever party who do not understand the value of reading in creating worthwhile citizens, who do not want to act to preserve and protect knowledge and encourage literacy.
This is not a matter of party politics. This is a matter of common humanity.
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Albert Einstein was asked once how we could make our children intelligent. His reply was both simple and wise. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales. I hope we can give our children a world in which they will read, and be read to, and imagine, and understand. As he was explaining just how amazing such a love is, I had a vision. You can depend on it. Believe it and do not depart from it, no matter what. The Handwriting on the Wall. I was forty years of age when this vision came to me. It was springtime, One Sunday morning I began to pray earnestly, asking God what He wanted me to do with the rest of my life.
Having made note of the writing on the wall, I lay back down and went back to sleep.
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As a result of that vision, I became a student of the Bible then and there, no longer just a casual and occasional reader of it. The Love of God.
It was a Saturday morning in the late s, and I lay in bed for a few minutes before getting up for the day. Because of a praise song that was playing in my mind, my thoughts turned to the amazing love that God has for us. Then I saw a vision representing, in crystal-clear graphic form, the love of God. It was like a rainbow, but perfectly straight. After what seemed like seconds, the vision vanished.
Then I realized that God had just shown me what His love is like, in a vision!
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Christ in Us. Then I noticed that a couple of them had taken on a soft glow, which radiated gently from their entire body and set them apart, visually, from the others.
The House Rebuilt. It was the Summer of , and I was listening to the pastor teach about how, when we are saved, God makes all things new. He began with an illustration of a construction site that he had observed over the course of several months, in which an old house was being rebuilt both inside, room by room, and out. Then a vision came to me.
I saw a construction site, but, instead of leaving the skeletal framework of the house standing and rebuilding from there, the workers had demolished and removed everything, and had begun to rebuild on a brand new foundation. When the vision ended, I understood that this is a better illustration of how God wants to rebuild our lives: totally, from the ground up, beginning with a new foundation!
Old things have passed away. Look, all things have become new. This is a prophetic vision.