Discover a new world with Books

I never used to read a lot but have slowly come round to enjoying reading books. In my 20’s as I constantly evaluate what happiness is and how to not only be but find peace and happiness I’ve later found  reading to be more pleasurable than I once used to.

I’m in no minority and here is why people like books both fictional and factual.

Pleasure of escaping reality No matter what our individual preferences are many of us need to escape reality in the modern world. Often times reality is hectic and areas of it or our individual realities can be un-appealing. Reading provides an ability to relax and enter a world that is not our own and at times one that differs from everyday life itself.

Intercultural requirements Those who are in the process of learning (or maintaining) another language might find reading international books a fantastic means of facilitating this process while acquiring or keeping in tune with some of the more cultured aspects. Members of the Diasporas of other nations will prefer to read in their own language to mentally re-enter the world of their home nation. As an international adoptee I prefer reading foreign material for a number of these reasons.

Quiet time For those who like some peace and quiet reading offers a space to “be in your own company” away from others needs for a while. Reading in a park on a summer’s day is a nice a peaceful way to zone out should your own company be what you need a bit of

Expanded Imagination Due to the fact that a book is more detailed than a movie the ability to imagine is heightened. With a film its visually obvious as to what the director intends for you to interpret. With a book a lot of the key details are open to your interpretation of the individual part of that story, in many cases two people will interpret two ever so slightly different scenarios.

An ability to disconnect In today’s world there are a lot of things that can be done at the touch of a button from internet shopping to share dealing. Lots of people are connecting to the internet for longer durations and doing more while connected such as social media to filling out tax returns. While all this connectivity brings us together in a lot of ways its nice to disconnect and take time away from the notifications. Reading feels a touch archaic compared to the newest spec technology, but I like that!

See other points of view In and amongst all the relaxing qualities reading also provides a means to see how others might (and do) see things. An understanding of other people’s insights will help to create a more rounded character.

Education and learning As much as reading is a nice way to relax and escape the world, books also provide a means of learning new concepts (and vocabulary) in a non obvious way. While some books are overtly informational there is still much wisdom and vocabulary to be gained from a novel in ways that don’t feel like learning “at the time”

Samantha Eaton

La Reina Razonable

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Why support the white poppy and Veterans for Peace?

20160716_1731501The white poppy, what is that? It’s a ceremonial poppy that’s used increasingly in the U.K to remember all victims or war and war dead, a commitment to peace and a challenge to militarism.

A group called Veterans for Peace U.K was created centuries later.

Why is it worth considering to support the white poppy and peace movements?

Remembers all victims of war War is tremendously un-nerving and is the cause of multiple injuries both physical and mental. Not all of those victims and dead were in uniform and not all of them were for your country. The white poppy also remembers those who are injured in the most recent wars.

Give those who hold a conviction that peace is the answer a voice There are many out there who feel that war isn’t the way to solve issues. The U.K as well as many countries considered to be its ally have been involved in numerous conflicts in the Middle East in more recent years. If anything the number of conflicts and number of countries targeted by “western countries” has doubled in one generation. Those who truly believe that a military should exist for defence alone have been given a voice.

An active challenge to militarism Since the arrival of the white poppy movement militarism has increased. We are faced with military recruiters in schools, a military themed classroom pack. It’s believed that public support for war is usually low so to an extent war and militarism has to be glamourised in the public eye. This must happen for the “war machine to carry on”. Another insidious way militarism can creep into the everyday environment is like when an arms company like Lockheed Martin can not only lay a wreath of red poppies but sponsor a ball during the remembrance period.

To prevent new casualties Unless governments have a large change of heart we will be stuck with a situation where there will always be new potential conflicts. The white poppy and peace movements may make a potential recruit reconsider whether the military is the right choice and if so whether a front line role is the right choice.

I do believe that every nation should have a military force but they should be trained and used for the act of self-defense and self-defense alone. Over the course of years the history of many nations in America, Europe and Australasia has been one of military offence.

If you believe that a differing way of conducting international relations is not only possible but required for better harmony between nations and less war injured then the white poppy and the peace movements are something to take a second look at

Samantha Eaton

La Reina Razonable