Being literate is a good thing; if you know how to read and write it enhances your communication skills enormously. It is quite a bit of work to learn to read and write and it comes more easily to some than to others, just as learning spoken languages comes more easily to some than to others. One must put a lot of effort into learning and one must practice and continue to practice so that these skills won’t become lost or degraded. Some people experience opposition, lack of opportunity, or indifference to their needs when they attempt to learn reading and writing skills, they must be determined and dogged in their attempts and with that determination can succeed. But we must remember, too, that there are other kinds of literacy than the reading and writing we understand. The whole world depended upon the oral traditions for thousands of years before written language was introduced. There are other kinds of literacy as well: the language of the weather, the stars that guided the first mariners, the language of edible plants and huntable animals, and more, are all languages the vast majority of us cannot decipher now and may never have been able to decipher. Not to mention the many other forms of reading and writing we don’t recognize or refuse to recognize. Though we are literate with our concept of reading and writing, there are many forms of communication we do not comprehend at all. Shouldn’t we respect all literacy and not look down on those who don’t have our kind of literacy?