Interesting statistics from Donald Miller’s blog:
33% of high school graduates never read another book for the rest of their lives.
42% of college graduates never read another book after college.
80% of U.S. families did not buy or read a book last year.
70% of U.S. adults have not been in a bookstore in the last five years.
57% of new books are not read to completion.
Yes, the success of American culture has bold foundations in individualism and personal responsibility. But it’s been skillfully matched by a deep sense of charity, innovation, and wonder, much of which comes from the exploration of new ideas and beliefs.
Generally speaking, those that read have a greater capacity for compassion toward others while those that don’t approach life in a more me-centered mindset.