Flex Your Brain Muscles

Flex Your Brain Muscles!



Is it true that books are harder to sell these days?

Some people point the blame to the introduction of books in digital and audio format. Some even point to the Internet as it provides easy access to any information at the press of the button. Compared with books, materials in the Internet captivate interest of people with its interactive format.

So, are we seeing the end of books and other printed materials?

Some sectors insist that reading books still hold value today. To really see the value of book reading, we have to know the distinction between seeking and watching.

Watching connotes passivity. When we watch, we just take in what is presented. We open the lid and find inside definitions and meanings ready for consumption. Aren’t we in the “fast-food” era? Our only option is to react within the bounds of the menu.

Watching spurs us to be reactive. When we watch a movie based on a best-selling novel, it comes with a packaged interpretation. Everything we see is how the director interprets everything. Our only option perhaps is to react whether the movie was done in good or bad taste.

Watching encourages us to stay within our comfort zones. We watch to be entertained and this activity allows us to stay within the confines of our comfort zones.

It’s all so simple: we just sit there and watch. It is a no-brainer. We take in what is given and wonder. Within our comfort zones, we do not need to innovate or analyze.

When we do not exercise the brain, its capacity weakens and conforms to dependent programming. Watching flexes our brain to take in information, BUT it does not encourage the capacity to think. Reading books provide the discipline to exercise our brain cells.

Constant exposure of young minds to TV, computer games, and MTV allows kids to imbibe various cultures. For kids and teens, everything they watch is considered the norm. Their young minds are not trained to pause and think if the culture is good or bad. Hence, we have a generation of TV-fed young people who merely accepts what is served them.

Limit TV viewing habits. Encourage your self and your family to read.  According to Lily Tomlin, “If you read a lot of books you are considered well read. But if you watch a lot of TV, you're not considered well viewed.

Some experts argue that some old-fashioned games and selected computer games require better use of imagination. Designing kites stimulates creativity, hide and seek is actually a game of strategy, playing soldier or doctor stimulates imagination. Such games prod the mind to think and rethink to improvise. The mind does not just accept things; it looks for better alternatives. It looks for what is right. It seeks.

Compared to watching, seeking utilizes the mind to probe deeper, maximizing the use of the senses.

Book reading and playing imaginative games have one thing in common: the seeking factor. This is the one thing important in education.

Watching just feeds minds and produces well informed but unthinking people.  On the one hand, seeking flexes brain muscles and produces both well-informed and thinking people.

The world is in dire need of well-informed and thinking people.