Originally Posted by SpiderMatt
If they're illiterate then they obviously have something to gain by reading children's books. It's more challenging for them than those of us who have been reading our entire lives. Similarly, reading a Spanish children's book is challenging for me and a worthwhile endeavor to improve my Spanish skills.
That's largely my point. Most such people aren't intellectually inferior really (some are quite a bit more intelligent and up on society than some of the PhD grads I know). I think the spirit of Mr. Twain's quote, at least in the world that I know and not necessarily his
world, is that people should not be satisfied with the common, and should aspire to see and do and know great things. The literate often take their literacy for granted. In such cases, complacency is stagnation.