The culture of a people is a reflection of their understanding of their past and the consequent interpretation of the same in the present. For instance, reading culture may be a Western thing; Southerners (African) document their histories orally (stories and songs), and both of them are learning to communicate their messages in simplified visuals as arts.
Between writing and oral interpretation of things, writing seems to preserve the integrity of what was recorded more than oral options, which are open to being diluted by influences and personalities over time; thereby losing its originality and authenticity with it.
Those who read are usually those who understands that their time and space is an extension of what was at the time when their texts were written. In pursuit of the originality that begun long before their own time, they rely on written words more than stories and songs on the matter, which may have been skewed towards the preference of the people bearing them.
On the other hand, those who do not read, especially those who prefer ‘performed knowledge’ through songs, stories, and arts, favour a distinct definition of their own time and space; isolated as much as possible from what had been before. The focus is on their own originality, not the furtherance of values that once was.
Applying this to the Christian faith, this is why people are born again but they do not fancy reading their Bibles. Instead, they prefer a good sermon or a performed worship. This puts the focus on their own personality, not the furtherance of what Christ came for and the works of God that were documented in the Scripture.
Perhaps this explains the attitude of believers towards God in the South (Africa); usually, they are mostly dependent on sermons that are preached, not a personal study of the Word of God. In the West, the interest in perpetuating what was, into greater dimensions, may have been the driving force behind their love for reading. Their search for more accurate renderings of what was made researching books a culture for them; it is probably why they hardly just depend on what is said, which cannot be backed up by historical evidence.
The kingdom of God is an everlasting one; nothing in it is just beginning now. All that is, at the moment, are continuation of what was. Therefore, any serious executor of God’s Kingdom must learn to read…to search for the most authentic render of what had been in the Kingdom and not depend only on interpretations of same words by others through songs, stories, and sermons.
Even if you do not have access to old records, the Bible is enough to connect you to what God has been doing before your time and space came into being. Read it, live beyond yourself and serve a great purpose in Christ.