안녕하세요, family and friends. Today we have the privilege of reading literary works and watching films in the comfort of our homes. I would like to share with you the things I learnt from watching Netflix and reading books.
There was a time when that wasn’t possible or at least it needed more than just picking up a phone and typing. If you wanted to read literary works, you would need to have money or walk to your nearest local library. If you wanted to watch films, you would have to go to a picture house.
Anyway, what I really wanted to say is that we are lucky – blessed even to be part of the generation who can utilise both without having to exert that much effort. And I believe we should take advantage of it whilst it’s there.
Both literary works as well as Netflix or any other site we can watch movies and television series from can actually help our intellectual health. You’re probably thinking, really? Or as young Missy Cooper once said:
Hear me out. There are actually many different ways for us to increase or widen our intellectual prowess. But first, a question.
What do I mean by intellectual health?
According to the University of Arkansas for Medical Science, our intellectual health includes creativity and stimulating mental activities.
From my ‘The Importance of Education’ post, I’ve already talked of several ways for us to improve our intellectual health. Now, we will discuss another mean to help us.
What I learnt from literary works
Firstly, I want to let you know what literary works comprises of:
- fiction & non-fiction novels
- computer programs
By looking at this list we can already tell that there is a lot we can learn from it.
I learnt about other cultures through reading novels, although some may say that novels are all about the story. Sometimes, I really do find comfort in discovering different beliefs and understandings in them. It’s humbling to know that our world consists of countless philosophies, collectively and individually.
By reading and writing my own poems I became more self-aware with the language I use. Poems are usually very emotive, and one word can be used to portray very different meanings in a variety of context. Poetry also speaks to the creative side of our intellect and frees our mind to be vulnerable.
Dissertations are a lot more formal. I’ve only ever written a dissertation once for my History A-Levels and in a weird way I really liked collecting and citing valid and reliable sources. Watching the history channel and other platforms, going through history books and visiting museums. It was stressful at one point, but European history has always been somewhat interesting to me.
This is where I first had a proper go at critical analysis. After collecting all my sources, I needed to cut it down. Reflecting on whether the source had something of value or was merely a fluff.
Computer programs on the other hand are the one thing that I’m really having a hard time with. Some who are more technically inclined would probably look at my knowledge and maybe give me a polite smile and say, ‘you’re doing great!’ However, on the inside they would be thinking ‘This girl needs some help.’ I completely agree though. My intellectual prowess is a baby and I still have much to learn.
What I learnt from watching Netflix
This may not come as a surprise, but I’ve learnt a language or two whilst watching Netflix. Albeit, I’m still in elementary level for the second language. I’m still counting it.
The first language I learnt is English. Yes, English isn’t my first language seeing as I’m a full Filipino, born and partly raised in the Philippines.
Korean is the second language I learnt, although I can’t really say that I’ve watched most of my Korean dramas on Netflix. However, during one of my gap years it really did help me get comfortable with listening to how the language is spoken. It beats just reading books and blogs about sentence structures and dictionaries.
Another great thing I learnt is persistence. It may not count as intellectual but it’s a vital characteristic that helps our learning. You’re probably thinking persistence? Netflix? Are you okay?
Hear me out, though.
When I go on Netflix, I usually already have a film or series in mind that I want to watch. However, if these are not available, I scroll down the page. Sometimes, and I mean it, you get to find a hidden gem. A film or a documentary that does not only fill my interest cup but also my intellectual cup. An example of this, is History 101, Tidying Up with Marie Kondo, and Coronavirus explained.
Our intellectual health as I’ve written at the start also have creativity with it. Now, I was a media student for two years sometime ago. This opened my eyes into things that the common eye won’t really pay much attention to. Watching movies and series sparks up my creative side. From the storylines and character building to the cinematography and soundtrack. Most of my inspiration and some songs on my Spotify playlists are from watching Netflix.
You might be thinking, “of all the places you can watch why did you single out Netflix? Don’t you have a TV?”
We do have a TV but it’s easier to access Netflix on my phone since it’s almost always on my hand. Also, we have a family account on Netflix and I just never tried any other sites to watch movies because it’s practical… money-wise.
Overall, these two platforms have shaped who I am today. I grew up reading books, writing poems and composing my own songs. At the same time, films and series were always a part of our family bonding time. Thus, I was able to fully take advantage of both platforms to widen my knowledge on language, critical thinking, life hacks and expanding my creative knowledge.
- Literary Works
What do you think of the things I learnt from watching Netflix and reading books? Let me know in the comments below.
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