Once you learn to read, you cannot "not-read".
When your eyes see a written stimulus somewhere, your brain will do it's best to interpret it.
Even if it's written in a different language.
There are popular Facebook pictures where the letters are mixed up or replaced by numbers or both.
You are buttered up by telling you how hard it is for the brain to read the text.
And how only the intelligent people are able to read it.
And then you are asked to share the picture.
Reading is a complex mental process.
While writing is a medium of communication that represents language through the inscription of signs and symbols,
Reading is a complex cognitive process of decoding symbols in order to construct or derive meaning.
Reading is not just remembering your letters.
It is very far away from an automat function, and actually activates high number of places in our brain.
It is true, if you are able to read a text, you are intelligent.
And if you are able to read of text with jumbled up letters and numbers, it means that your brain has been trained to the maximum in this highly complex skill.
But reading isn’t just putting letters in order in your head.
It is a means of language acquisition, of communication, and of sharing information.
Reading is part of human language, and like all language, it is a complex interaction between the text and the reader.
This interaction is shaped by the reader’s prior knowledge, experiences, attitude, and language community which is culturally and socially situated.
Reading is not a passive activity.
In fact, the reading process requires continuous practice, development and refinement.
Reading also requires creativity and critical analysis.
Our brain is a wonderful thing.
It is amazing that we are able to interpret mere inscripted signs and symbols and draw a meaning from them.
And although writing relies on many of the same structures of speech, such as vocabulary, grammar and semantics,
Writing is not a language but a form of technology.
Our reading and writing skills has been instrumental in keeping history, dissemination of knowledge and the formation of legal systems.
It may seem such a little thing, a letter or a number, but in reality, it is the keeper of vast cultural knowledge.
Keeper of our history and identity.
And being able to interpret is not just reading, riting and rithmatics.
It is decoding and interpreting a complex system of signs and symbols.
Something that human brain isn’t really ready to do before its sixth birthday.