People have transformed to present modern era by reading good literature. Literature played an important role at every crucial stage of the history. For example, during the dark ages in Western Europe, people were characterized by certain primitive mindset. Minds of the people were filled with hatred; there was lack of respect for basic human rights, science and art; intellectuals were suppressed. In the similar way, Western countries too suffered from many drawbacks before the renaissance period. In this period, people were too narrow-minded and for this reason, this period was called as the ‘Dark Age’ by Europeans.
Though mankind faced the above said challenging periods, changes were constantly happening. The great transformation from tribal lifestyle to present democratic lifestyle has happened because of literature. The writings of philosophers like Socrates, Confucius have changed the mindset of people. These great thinkers used to have certain ideologies and good way of thinking that inspired people who read them to be different and better.
Good books (like Panchatantra, Bhagavad Gita, Bible, etc.) are ageless. These classics help us think in new and superior ways. Many good people have written books in English, which means that by learning English, one can get access to their thoughts. Another useful feature of English is that when someone writes in Russian, Italian, French or Portuguese and if it is a good book, there is a good chance that the book will have a good English translation because of the large population of English readers.
Moreover, reading regional translations of the literature may have wrong interpretations or poor translation. Therefore, by learning English you can get direct exposure to best cultures of the world, which is very inspiring and develops your personality. It gives access to wisdom from all across the world. Your development could be stunted and you could lose out in todays competitive world if you cannot read English. Most importantly, you may be performing below your true capabilities and losing out an opportunity.