The smallest world on earth is that which is created by a closed mind.
Illiteracy is the innability of a person to learn. It is not all about the innability to read or write as the middle class regards it.
As centuries of dictators have known, an illiterate crowd is the easiest to rule; since the craft of reading cannot be untaught once it has been acquired, the second-best recourse is to limit its scope.
This will never be a civilized country until we expend more money for books than we do for chewing gum.
There are worse crimes than burning books. One of them is not reading them.