Yes, I am a reader, although not as much as I once was. I was encouraged as a child and had devoured my dads immense library by the time I was 8 or so. During my 30's I spent time searching and devoured as much non fiction as I could on religions and politics, banking etc. That focus opened my eyes to a lot, and I lost most of my zeal for reading.
If I had the opportunity to be active, I would turn my back on reading more, for all that it does as muddy the waters, for there are many writers good at presenting the truth in ways that are meant to confuse us. But then I look back at the action I might have taken if I had been able and see how most of it would have only made things worse for everyone.
Still, there must be a time when we use our knowledge and take the risk of being wrong - to me, the worst sin is not in what I do, but in what I did not do.