I’ve thought and even said this before so I was surprised and delighted to know it’s not original with me (as if I’ve ever had an original thought!):

You see, the modern mind has been desiccated and atrophied by the state. State-dominated schooling is so inept that most boys and girls acquire a lifelong outright aversion to reading, such that they don’t read any books outside of school. And nearly all who do read, don’t read books of substance.

Read the entire article here: In Praise of Old Books – Daniel James Sanchez – Mises Daily.