I saw the below in a review of Science and the Mind of the Maker by Melissa Cain Travis. It caught my eye, as I recently had a similar conversation about the same concern.
“I was disappointed in the comments by other reviewers that the book was hard to understand in places. It deals with some *seriously* high-level concepts – one can only bring those down so far, and Melissa Cain Travis does a *fantastic* job of doing that without losing their core meanings. It’s kinda sad to see people complain about having to put forth a little mental effort. Yeah, not gonna lie, it’s not a beach read. But if you slow down and *think* about what you’re reading, then you will have no trouble.”
Ahem. Well said.
Slowing down, thinking…You really miss out when you always stay at a superficial level. We are an entertained to death people. Yes, we are.
Read my related review of Amusing Ourselves to Death by Neil Postman.
As I say in that post: The influence of television and the internet makes it more challenging for us to read books of substance and to have an active mind. We really must see the need to do so, and make an effort to stretch our minds.