There is no doubt that Man is a social
creature. As human beings, we always need to communicate with others.
Communication methods took different shapes. The ancient man used his body
and voice to express his fears and delights. When paper was invented, a
basic form of writing was used to document thoughts. Nowadays, computer
facilities, such as e-mail, appear to be the coming generation of
In my opinion, it is the need for communication and interaction that
determines the importance of reading and writing. In the past, it was
satisfying to people to just communicate with neighbors. Many people never
left their village, so they knew nothing about the outside world. However,
they were both socially and economically satisfied. Today, as the whole
world becomes a small village, the human discovery desire is stimulated.
Few people are still considering local relationships enough. Most people
are looking forward to establishing new overseas relations. Because
traditional communication ways fail to carry such global messages, new
ways are used, beginning from letters and faxes and ending with the use of
computers and the Internet. This has raised the importance of reading and
writing as a strict prerequisite of such modern facilities.
No one can deny the role of reading and writing in developing our style
of life. One's life is as long as the lives of the authors of books he
reads. Reading and writing also adds to our relationships with other
people. Firstly, books we read suggest topics to discuss with others.
Secondly, from books we can learn nice and polite behavior to interact
with people. Thirdly, reading increases our ability to understand people.
For example, we can face some hard or embarracing situation that we
previously read about, so our approach to it will be better. Lastly, the
age of our relationships can be longer. Consider, for instance, a friend
travelling abroad. Writing to him can keep up the friendship till later
eye contact. The previous benefits of reading and writing are independent
of time. The message to be conveyed is that reading and writing was also
important in the past.
Of course, the role of reading and writing is not restricted to helping
people to communicate. To be useful to himself and to his society, man
should be able to read and write. But what I want to stress is that
reading and writing is a NEED not just a peripheral. This fact is time