“The third-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the majority. The second-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking with the minority. The first-rate mind is only happy when it is thinking.”
― A.A. Milne
Intellectual freedom provides the foundation for Banned Books Week (which ends tomorrow).
My oldest son loves to try to come up with new ideas, new inventions, new solutions to old problems. The other night at dinner, it began as a way to recycle more and learning a bit about the toxins that are in plastics. It turned into searching for a solution to the problem of nuclear waste.
We don’t always tell him that his ideas will work or that he is so smart. What we want to encourage is to think. We often talk about why certain ideas won’t work. I am also careful to explain that no one has yet figured out a perfect solution and that for a 7-year-old to be thinking like people more than 5 times his age and with much more education and experience is going to be what changes the world. To constantly think, and think critically.
That is what books give us. The breadth of reading material there is available to us is incredible. Banned Books Week highlights just how that could be limited and in a way that would hinder our ability to think, to be creative, to arrive at new solutions to old problems.
Are you reading any Banned Books this week?
I am not this time, but I am reading several books that are giving me pause and causing me to think… in the coming weeks there will be some Friday reviews and giveaways of each.
Find more information about the importance of Banned Books Week and lists of the most frequently challenged books at the American Library Association.