Igor Bergler: We need „people who think abstractly, who have vision, and this can only be achieved through diligent cultivation from an early stage”

Cluj-Napoca, Romania, 28/06/2023.

By Alexandra Bogdan

In the latest episode of the #ReadLikeaCEO podcast, bestselling Romanian author Igor Bergler, talks about his perspective on education, language, and reading. He also shares how they shape our understanding of the world and nurture critical thinking.

Igor reveals his dreams of being a hero, and his books contain themes such as making justice and discovering the truth. As Zorro (the 1975 film with Alain Delon) is his favorite character, he looks up to him. Early in his childhood, Igor talks about his connection with films, as his father would take him to the cinema often. He remembers films were a passion for him he followed into adulthood. He states: „Films have the ability to transport us to different worlds, to make us laugh, cry, and reflect on the complexities of the human condition."

As such, the author attests the significance of pursuing one's passions. They serve as the motivation and willingness behind personal growth, creativity, and fulfillment. He believes that passions are the fire that ignites our souls and leads us to discover our true purpose in life. Thus, exploring them allows individuals to tap into their talents and seek to fulfill their potential.

“In Romania, people have always read very little, and now they read even less, it's true, but we are an exception compared to the rest.” Igor expresses a rather critical opinion on the reading habit in Romania. He mentions that people read much more than believed, even though this may not be evident or discussed . Many individuals seem to exaggerate their enthusiasm for books and foreign authors. At the same time, they disregard Romanian works and authors. And many of these people who criticize the reading level in Romania haven't read the books they talk about themselves.

During the communist period, more reading was happening because books were more accessible and affordable. It was an act of rebellion to own them. “I'm not convinced that they were being read.” contemplates Igor. He remarks that, in general, there is a lack of appreciation for the written word in Romania. And the habit of buying books is despised in society, which may contribute to the low reading rates.

Language is a key element in society, Igor believes. He acknowledges the extensive work involved in writing books. He tells about the in-depth research encompassing data, facts, history, lexicology, and vocabulary. Individuals are struggling to express themselves. Some people have limited vocabularies of around 200 words. This leads to conversations limited to a few words. And these interactions often involve insults and profanity. Various factors contributed to the decline in the Romanian language. That includes the absence of a proper education system and the obligation to read. „Family and school are important. If both the family and the school are lacking, then such circumstances arise.”

Meritocracy has a higher chance of flourishing in societies with greater democracy. In America, people are not afraid to collaborate with or be subordinate to individuals who are smarter or more capable. In contrast, Igor points out: „In our country, if someone is smarter, what a hustle and how much deception!”. This creates a descending ladder of stupidity. Thus, less intelligent individuals replace more intelligent ones.

Bridges between people and books: Igor emphasizes the importance of a reading culture during the formative years. Reading is a gateway to discover new concepts and diverse viewpoints. It transports you to alternate realms, fostering empathy and critical thinking. He sees books as transformative experiences that foster creativity and broaden understanding. Empowering individuals can only happen through challenging norms and engaging in significant dialogues.

„You cannot build a foundation for the intellectual and developmental progress of a country solely based on auto mechanics and practical professions like lawyers and engineers, or even doctors. You also need individuals who think abstractly, who have vision, and this can only be achieved through diligent and early cultivation.” shares the author.

At T@book, we recognise and appreciate Igor Bergler's insightful perspectives. His thoughts coincide with T@book's belief in nurturing personal growth through literature. We see great potential in our present and future partnership with Igor Bergler, particularly in the context of the T@book Academy. With Igor's expertise in narratology, we’ll launch a two day course that can add valuable knowledge and guidance in the line of business. It will provide a platform for individuals to learn and understand the art of selling through compelling narratives.

Through this collaboration, we aim to foster a culture of reading, critical thinking, and creativity.

Don't miss out on this captivating episode! Tune in now and be inspired by Igor’s thoughts.

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