What is the biggest threat to our “Freedom to Read?” Is it censorship? Or is it something else? Perhaps it is apathy. Do we care enough about our rights and freedoms to do enough to protect them? Or perhaps it is simply the fact that not enough of us spend enough time reading.
“The man who does not read has no advantage over the man who cannot read.” While this quote probably didn’t originate from Mark Twain, despite popular attribution to the brilliant writer, the sentiment is still worthwhile. We can teach our kids to read, but if they choose not to read, what then? We need to protect our “Freedom to Read.” It is vital to democracy. Yet the forces that would seek to erode our freedoms need not concern themselves very greatly if we simply fail to take advantage of our freedoms.