Art will heal the world (Brazilian prison edition)
To ease overcrowding, a prison in Brazil has announced a program that will shave time off your sentence for reading books.
If you qualify for the program, you can get four days off your sentence for each book you read (and produce a legible essay) up to 48 days per year. Here’s my thinking:
Mark Twain said, “Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness”
Of course many in the world, especially the poor, never have opportunity for travel, to see life through another man’s eyes. I know from my own experience that reading books can often serve the same purpose, to open your mind and heart to the world. How can you hurt or exploit your fellow man after reading To Kill A Mockingbird or Les Miserables or Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows or Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee?
I am convinced that the more you read the more you serve the principles of mercy and justice and humility. I have great hope for the people running this program and for those who participate.