Grumpy old man, or visionary?
As you may know, I am a teacher in my last few years before retirement. As a language arts teacher, I am tasked with helping my students to improve their reading and writing skills. That battle is practically won if I can somehow try to help them to understand that reading and writing are activities that they can enjoy. However, it is so difficult when I am competing with Marvel and DC movies and those God-awful video games. At the end of the school year, I realize that those who improved their reading and writing skills were those for whom reading was something that occurred at home on a regular basis well before I came into their lives. There may have been one or two of the others whose lives and habits I affected, but I'm not so convinced. I wrote about the future that this is leading toward in BEFORE THE WINDS OF SPRING, and I believe this dull, uninspired world will become reality. I think of one of my literary heroes, Ray Bradbury and his novel FAHRENHEIT 451. What a visionary that man was! I wonder if we are doomed to that future and if the only solution is the obliteration by war like in that novel's ending. I hope not, but I'm sure you know how I feel. If you are reading this, you are a reader. Keep being one, and pass the love of reading on to any young people you are or will ever be in contact with. God save us!