Last year, I did a blog entry where I took a prompt I found online and did my best attempt at creating a personal response to it. Today, I want to do a similar thing, but this time, with a prompt from a homework assignment. Actually, I already did the work, I decided to share because I am proud of the way it turned out and always love some critique (feel free to comment!).
The prompt was a homework assignment for my Advanced Expository Writing course that asked me to write a 3-4 paragraph response to one of five different prompts. Here is my response:
Prompt: Write about your unsatisfaction with all books, reading or writing.
Imagine a world without books and reading. Would the concept of school exist? For the sake of argument, let’s say it does. Now, what would students study at these schools? The people who we call professors today would do nothing but act as storytellers whose jobs would be to create “facts” to relay to students that may or may not be true and thus lead to a path of a potentially infinite number of lies. This world is far from ideal because it would never allow everyone to be right and, after all, people love to be right but at the same time, there would be proof that someone is wrong without books.
Unfortunately, books often create more problems than they solve. In fact, books, like word of mouth, already lead to a series of falsehoods. For instance, let’s take something one might consider to be a general and perhaps true fact: books are your best resource for knowledge. Already, there are several problems with this statement. Who is to say that this fact is credible? One might argue that the proof lies in researching through books themselves but by researching about the credibility of books using books, is one not leading themselves to an impending gateway of untruths? Because books are objects and therefore cannot produce their own autobiography or even emotions like a person can, there is no say in the truth value of books themselves.
The physical act of reading a book is even worse than the book itself. In comparison, books can cause no harm until someone begins to physically pick them up and attempt to interpret what is inside. Reading ends up leaving an unpleasant feeling in one’s stomach caused by the idea of being wrong in one’s interpretations. This reaction can only be adjusted through mindless activities such as playing video games and sleeping. These are the reasons that so many students struggle through school. Books and the act of reading them are simply too much for people, especially students, to comprehend. Why should students sit through hours of reading books and delve into made-up lands and the thoughts of someone who they know little to nothing about when they could live in their own real worlds where there are plenty of problems to keep them occupied through life each day? Life is real and true. Reading books is dissatisfying and false.
However, there is one thing worse than both books and reading and that is writing. Writing is completely nonsensical because anyone with even a percentage of brain power and the ability to form letters can do it. It’s just too easy. For students, writing is one of the most horrible things that is ever asked of them simply because it requires them to collect their thoughts in a form to be shared with their professor, peers, or even worse, publication to the world. This makes writing a form of torture and therefore absolutely irritating. One can say that the best way to make a student suffer is to ask them to write about something they are forced to read out of a book. Writing just creates room for more fiction and makes the world much more complicated. Because of this, it would best for there to be no books and thus no reading and especially no writing. There are too many lies in the world that are caused by the reading and writing of books and therefore, they are completely disappointing.