Literate or Educated – What do you think you are??

Books only possess the power to make you literate. It is completely your perspective and approach, whether you want to be educated by reading them


We talk about almost everything and anything that is related to books, the plots, our favorite characters, and whatnot. We all have our favorite characters from some fictional stories. But don’t you think that fictional characters and plots are ultimately the outcomes of some real-life experiences only. If your favorite fictional character can be inspired from day to day learnings and experiences of someone, can’t you take a little bit of effort to improve your regular life from the learning and experiences of that fictional world?


Without creating the scope for any confusion here, let’s directly get to the point and purpose of this post.

There is one false belief that has been inculcated inside us from the inception by our society that being educated and literate is one and the same. This misconception that education and literacy are synonyms is still believed by a large number of us. So, if they are not the same, then how education is different from literacy?

Literacy completely concerned with an individual’s ability to read and write. Whereas, education is the process of acquiring experiences and learning and developing skillset, beliefs, and values. Education relates to the overall development of a person. Literacy can only be that stepping stone on your way to being educated. Hoarding all those educational degrees can make you literate and not educated. That is why it is said –

All educated person can be literate, but not all the literates are educated


Now, coming to the main point, how your perspective and approach can help you get educated and not just literate by reading books? Or, I should say, how you can read books to be educated rather than just being literates?

  1. Who says only non-fiction can help us learn something. Stories have a magical impact on our thoughts and are capable of altering our beliefs. We remember them and recall the best one again and again. Use such powerful stories for bridging the gap between literacy and education.
  2. Whenever you’re reading a fictional work, don’t just read it for the sake of reading. Try to analyze it in the context of your own practical world to acquire a better understanding of your society and culture.
  3. We should definitely learn from our own mistakes but when you have so many characters who are making blunders in their respective stories, why not teach your brain not to commit the same sin in order to avoid similar consequences.
  4. A book is written by an author out of their own personal experiences and beliefs and they need not be right always. We all are human and prone to commit mistakes while making judgments. Therefore, always have an attitude of questioning mind while reading rather than simply believing whatever is printed on those pages.
  5. Whenever you are done reading any book, try to jot down the takeaways. That way you will make your brain do the homework of comparing your beliefs, values, and thoughts with that presented in the book, to analyze whether any improvement is needed or not.
  6. Last but not the least, try to add at least one non-fiction to your TBR. They can be related to philosophy, life lessons, technology, sociology, writing skills, or anything related to your area of work. They are meant to help you upgrade your skills and life. Trust me they are not that boring, give t a try!



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