Politicians who don’t read fiction are dangerous to society

We read fewer novels.

“It’s not that the quality of fiction has gone downhill. It hasn’t …

Our attitude towards entertainment has changed, as has what we expect from a book. That’s too bad, because we’re missing something when we don’t read fiction. To have politicians who don’t read novels is particularly serious.

A good book is a window into how we as humans act and think. It makes us consider our own lives and those of people around us. Good writers introduce us to characters who, if they existed, would be unknowable by their local politicians. It’s an indirect way of learning about our world.

A non-fiction book can educate us about the newest science on climate change or homelessness or psychology. But if you pick up a (non-fiction) book by a psychologist named Daniel Kahneman, you’ll read that humans learn about abstract concepts and statistics better when they’re told a story, rather than handed a stack of facts and figures.”

More: http://www.edmontonjournal.com/touch/story.html?id=7431241

Politicians! Get to know and understand the peoples of the world before you decide to bomb them. Read!

Presidents are chosen, but not elected. The Black Vault. http://www.SPYWRITER.com

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