I think we sometimes forget that knowledge is power and we have so much access to knowledge through books. And it’s not only the factual books like scientific textbooks and encyclopedias where we can gain knowledge. It’s also books like Night by Elie Wiesel and To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee that teach us about a history we may not have lived but most certainly affects the world around us. Even in the genre of fantasy, books like Harry Potter are known to create more compassionate and empathetic readers (there was an actual study done about this by one of my UVM professors). In today’s United States especially, we need to remember that we have the power to create change and if you’re ever doubting this, pick up a book and maybe you’ll find that someone else is in the same predicament, and all you need is to find a basilisk fang and stab Tom Riddle’s diary and everything will be all right. Regardless, understanding the power in books is the first step to freeing yourself and letting your mind wander beyond your current time and place, to new worlds and people who can take you on any journey you let yourself enjoy.

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