Today we mourn the death of a dear friend.  The age of the bar bet is over, as I recently heard Andrew Winston say. We have the full array of knowledge—everything that is knowable!—in our possession at all times.  We no longer have to just "agree to disagree" on who won Best Supporting Actor at the 1995 Oscars. Which is actually good for you, because I would have been right (Kevin Spacey, The Usual Suspects, AKA the best movie ever). The abyss of available knowledge is infinite.

This is actually dangerous.

Many of us have been taught ‘the more information I have, the better my answers.’  This is simply not the case. There comes a point when consumption actually reduces your capacity for thinking.  If you don't spend time analyzing the information so that you have a framework around the idea/opinion/fact, you become dependent on the newest article for your opinion, i.e., the newest secret to losing weight, the 'eastern/ancient' method for curing allergies and cancer, the biggest risk to your baby is ... you get the idea.

It’s time to consume less and to analyze more. You don’t need more quotes or ‘expert’ opinions. You need to consider, to think, to ponder.

photo credit:
Roger Blackwell

 

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