Believe it or not, you have a superpower.
One that few folk throughout history have had.
Those who shared this power enjoyed a tremendous advantage over those who didn’t.
They could access information from other times and places – information they shouldn’t have been able to learn.
These heroic few – of which you are a member – could learn faster and open their minds to new ideas. They could absorb the wisdom of the ages in moments… or spend a lifetime reflecting on it.
This superpower cannot be underestimated. Without it, your life would be radically different.
It’s the ability to talk to anyone in human history. Well, not anyone. They had to meet certain conditions first. If they did, though, there’s no stopping you.
Even if they live on the other side of the world.
Even if they speak a foreign language.
And even if they died centuries before you were born.
Sure, it’s not perfect. It’s a one-sided conversation. If you have a specific question, you have to hope they’ll answer it.
Still, that’s not nothing. If you couldn’t do that, you’d swear it was a miracle.
So what is this unnatural ability that defies time and space?
This superpower is nothing short of the art of reading.
Before you scoff and say how ‘normal’ that is, remember you live in a privileged age. For most of history, only the wealthy could afford education. Something as simple as reading was beyond the realm of the working class.
And don’t scoff at what reading does for you.
Everything I said above, and more.
I’ve read the works of Marcus Aurelius, arguably the greatest Roman Emperor in history. He died thousands of years ago and we shared no common language. He couldn’t understand my life – the fact I’m writing this on a keyboard alone would stretch his imagination.
Even so, he understood enough to enrich my life in deep ways.
I could have a one-sided conversation with him, thanks to him writing down his thoughts.
And thanks to folk keeping those thoughts alive.
And to others for translating them into modern English.
Plus, the Internet deserves some credit for delivering it to me.
It’s a team effort.
And a momentous effort it is.
It’d be a shame to waste it, huh?
I call reading a superpower because it lets you expand your knowledge. The fact that knowledge can come from so many folk, from almost any time in history, adds to its power. Without that, it’s still powerful enough.
I invite you to find a book that challenges you.
That stretches your intellect.
That pushes you to the limits of who and what you are.
Something that adds to your skills… and to your wisdom.
You’re reading this, which (all humility aside) is a good start.
But don’t stop here.
You can begin that simple self-improvement technique now.
And enjoy its benefits for the rest of your life.
If you really want to take your mind to new places? To improve more you dreamed possible?
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