Reading Slow and Fast

I’m learning to read more efficiently as I zip through my RSS feeds. That’s a lot to read every day, so I’m training myself to stop subaudiblizing. But even this doesn’t help when I encounter a lengthly article. …So much to read …So much I’d like to read.

Gracy Olmstead writes:

Efficiency is a means to a greater end, a greater virtue: that of wisdom. Wisdom is “the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment.” To have wisdom, therefore, one must have basic knowledge of the pertinent. But “good judgment” doesn’t come from gulping down news in a frenzied fashion. Good judgment requires thoughtful, prolonged, and careful meditation. It requires outside opinions, secondary sources, and at least some research. It requires a depth of reading inspired by thoughtfulness, as well as inquisitiveness. In order to get wisdom, slow reading is necessary: a careful, deliberate inculcation of timeless truths.

From “The Art of Reading, Fast and Slow,” The American Conservative.

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