The greatest solace that I have known in my short life is that of reading. Literacy is own of the greatest gifts to mankind; it is associated with two of the greatest events of the secular world: the inventions of the press and the Internet. While facts and figures are important, the great power of being literate is the privilege of being exposed to prominent figures, cultures, the rise and fall of nations, and stories that stir the soul.
I look around and I see a world that has grown accustomed to instant entertainment: bright flashing lights, erotic advertisements, loud music, and many other things compete for people’s attention. There seems little time for people to sit quietly, to meditate, and to dream.
If I were able to do with my time whatever I pleased, I would create a private institution dedicated to the tutelage of young, underprivileged minds. I would seek to introduce to them books that they would like, to advance to the point that they could read and understand the great classics, and be inspired by the words and ideas of the literary masters of centuries past.
In the end I hope expose a famine that has wrought havoc on an intellectual landscape; I wish to direct children and help them value virtue and self-discipline. In this way, they will be able to find the voice to express their own ideas, and rise to greater prominence and influence within their communities.