J. Krishnamurti on WHY MUST WE READ?

Why must we read?

KRISHNAMURTI: Why must we read?  Just listen quietly. You never ask why you must play, why you must eat, why you must look at the river, why you are cruel-do you? You rebel and ask why you must do something when you don’t like to do it.

But reading, playing, laughing, being cruel, being good, seeing the river, the clouds–all this is part of life, and if you don’t know how to read, it’s like you don’t know how to walk, if you are unable to appreciate the beauty of a leaf, you are not living.

You must understand the whole of life, not just one little part of it.

THAT is why you must read, that is why you must look at the skies, that is why you must sing, and dance, and write poems, and suffer and understand; for all that is life.