Reading as A Lifetime Vocation
Fresh into his new post at Bethel College in the fall of 1974, Professor John wrote an article to explain the lifelong value of solid reading habits. Teach a man to fish and he can learn from the ancient fishermen. The piece itself is not long, and you can read the whole thing here.
Here are a few noteworthy quotes:
- “I have said a number of times that all I try to teach in my seminar courses is how to read well. And I think that is all any of us in the humanities should be doing.”
- “Reading is the process by which, through the means of written language, we come to understand another person's ideas. This is probably the most efficient way to increase what we know about reality and about how to live better. One could try to start from scratch and thus learn without anyone's insight…