Reading for the Ideas

I hold that the important thing to consider when reading any sort of material is to gain an understanding of the ideas existing within the subtext.  This often is quite easy to do, but sometimes it’s hard to gauge exactly what is meant by certain works of writing.  I always have to remind myself of this, because it seems that words are just so easily forgotten.  Really it doesn’t even have to be writing, it can be what people say, as long as it involves specific words.  What’s important is to understand the ideas behind the words and letters.  This can be difficult to understand because often so much emphasis is placed in our society on getting the “exact” term correct, depending on certain situations.  It truly is beautiful in the end, though, knowing that you already understand the ideas of what was conveyed, whether or not you remember the specific term that was used.