My proposal is to have every human read for at least one hour a day. Assigned reading would not count, it would have to be reading of your choice and for pleasure.
I think requiring people to read one hour every day could tackle many of the issues with the world today. Often times people say that they are too busy to read; however, I feel that isn’t necessarily the case. We are too distracted by the internet, twitter, tediously memorizing notes for exams and so much more. If we took an hour each day to immerse ourselves in a book not only do I believe that people would be happier and more joyful, but people would be better educated. Maybe one day you would read The New York Times for an hour and better educate yourself about our current economic situation. Perhaps you would take time to read The Hunger Games and think about would life could end up like in a post apocalyptic wold.
In my children’s literature class I learned the utmost importance of reading. A parent once asked a doctor when they should start reading to their child. The doctor responded by asking when did you start talking to your child. Confused, the parent answered that they started happily talking to their child the day they were born. The doctor then responded that there is no difference between speaking sweet loving words to your newborn child than it is to read to them and all parents should start reading to their children at birth. It greatly develops a child’s reading and writing skills. So if people preach that it is of the utmost importance to read to children and have them read for themselves, why don’t we do the same? The more we read the better insight we have as to the way the world works. The more we read the more answers we could have to the fix the world’s problems. If we read for one hour a day we are giving ourselves an hour of pure joy and that in itself can better the world.