Read the following paragraph at normal speed. Don’t skim or give up halfway through.

A newspaper is better than a magazine. A seashore is a better place than the street. At first it’s better to run than to walk. You may have to try several times. It takes some skill, but it’s easy to learn. Once successful, complications are minimal. Even young children can enjoy it. Birds seldom get too close. Rain, however, soaks in very fast. Too many people doing the same thing can also cause problems. One needs lots of room. If there are no complications, it can be very peaceful. A rock will serve as an anchor. If it breaks loose, however, you will not get a second chance.

Now, ask yourself: Is this paragraph meaningful or meaningless?