Tara's Thoughts

From Literacy Grows Empathy. From Empathy Grows Compassion

Posted on: December 2, 2009

Literacy is the key to overcoming so many of the challenges we face in our lives.  Being able to read  – and having access to books, something many children do not have –  opens the door for so much. The most obvious result of better literacy is a better education which leads to better job skills and a better chance to be able to support yourself and feed your family.  But beyond that books are resources for problem solving and creativity that will  give a child a way to look at the world beyond what they themselves experience.  That last result, gaining the knowledge that there are many ways of being in this world and there are other perspectives just as valuable and just as valid as yours, is the first step to developing empathy. Empathy is an invaluable and necessary tool for building understanding and compassion for other people and other cultures.  And that’s the first step to reducing the fear, hate, war, poverty and greed that seems to have overtaken our society.

 Give a child a book. That simple act can open so many doors.

 Here’s a way to give books to kids with a single click – and it’s FREE!  Go to the link below and bookmark The Literacy Site.  You can click on the “Click here to give – it’s free!” button and the site will donate for you

 http://www.theliteracysite.com/tpc/TLS_linktous 

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