A singular sentence found on the back cover of a tiny book with a big title states: “Reading is a revolutionary act.” YES.
Picture a man. See him straighten his cuffs, his papers, his resolve. Feel the weight of his pen as he ponders the heft of the words he will write. Hear the erratic pounding of his heart as thoughts take shape on the page. The ink, not yet dry, signals permanence; the words will not be fetched back. He would not rescind them in any case. His words will remain long after he has breathed his last and opened his eyes to eternity. What he writes now will challenge others’ thinking, inspire some to action. As Thomas Jefferson pointed out in a letter to Thomas Paine, “Go on then in doing with your pen what in other times was done with the sword: shew that reformation is more practicable by operating on the mind than on the body of man…”
So the flames are ignited.
Writing. Reading. Inseparable.