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With Regards to Floyd Mayweather

After watching Floyd Mayweather Jr struggle to read, I felt nothing but complete sadness. No, I am not going to be a pessimistic dick and be like, “THAT’S PEOPLE THESE DAYS!” It doesn’t just upset me that he cannot read, in fact, it upsets me even more when I hear/see people boasting that they cannot or choose not to read. 
Fame, vanity, image, all of these are lackluster in comparison to the power of knowledge. We can choose to live care-free, hedonistic lives, but it really comes across as reckless as rushing through a video game without appreciating the details and mechanics the developers worked so hard for you to see. Watching Floyd strain his syllables before breaking down into tears was heartbreaking for me. It shows that a man so influenced by a culture of apathy and excess (which brought him to fame in the first place) created an unfinished and unfulfilled human being; almost like an unfinished jigsaw puzzle. Followed by this dramatic realization that he is missing a key ingredient to progressing and learning as a human being can be seen as nothing more than tragic.
There was a brilliant quote from the greek philosopher Socrates that nailed the importance of reading: he insisted that we should, “employ your time in improving yourself by other men’s writings, so that you shall gain easily what others have labored hard for.” In this case, I hope Floyd realizes how important it is to be literate, especially in an ever-changing society like the one we live in today. For the audience, realize that the doors to knowledge and understanding are right in front of you, whether it be on a computer screen, or at your local library, and only you possess the key to open them and become a strong and well-adjusted human being.

TL;DR edition: READ.

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