The power to shape mankind

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Normally, a person inherits reading habits from one of his family members, and if he develops this good habit, he can become a man of letters one day. So, we can say that reading habits begin at home.
Many people love reading, with some preferring aesthetic literature and others books on general knowledge. Both branches of literature can enrich our intellectual power and show the way towards success.
“In many cases, parents are worried when they found their children absorbed in aesthetic literature because they are afraid that their offspring might be overwhelmed by indecent literature” State Counsellor Daw Aung San Suu Kyi said during one of her round table talks with the youths.
At her open discussions with youngsters at Mandalay University convocation hall the other day, the State Counsellor pointed out the importance of distinguishing between the valuable literature and valueless literature in reading books.
In fact, literature, with high aesthetic value highlights the good parts and the bad parts of human society and nature, while discovering the nature of art, beauty, and taste, with the creation and appreciation of beauty.
In this regard, parents should be familiar with literature. Only then will they be able to differentiate between decent literature and indecent literature and guide their children correctly.
As regards the importance of reading habit, the State Counsellor said, “Our country needs books … a lot of books.” So, if every book of intellectual, technological, academic, artistic or general category on every shelf of every library meets the standard, we don’t need to worry about any undesired influences of the bad literature.
Like its other counterparts, aesthetic literature can also give us valuable lessons and knowledge and tell us the principles of human society and the nature of humans, as it has the power to win the hearts of the readers. Additionally, it also enriches our spiritual power.
In sharing knowledge about the benefits of reading aesthetic literature the State Counsellor stated, “Please also read books with aesthetic value. Because this particular branch of literature gives us greater knowledge about human relationship and emotions. It also teaches us the techniques on writing skills. A good literature is the way towards creating a perfect literary work.”
Actually, books with artistic value are books about human beings. We can improve our writing skills though reading aesthetic literature. Youths who wish to become a writer should try through three steps. The first step is collection. First, he must collect good books. The second is learning. He must learn the means of compiling a good literary work. And the third is creation. After studying much, he must create his own style of writing.
As literary works with aesthetic value has a plot that goes through twists and turns or is inspired by a true event that gives us strength and courage, most of them can capture the imagination of the readers.
As the saying goes, “The pen is mightier than the sword”, a good aesthetic work has immense power to shape and benefit mankind.

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