April 20, 2012

Making connections

by Nori — Categories: Feeding the Soul, Politics, Social networking, Wising upComments Off on Making connections

This morning I received an emailed article about the Obamas that elicited the following response.

Yeah, yeah, yeah.  I wish it were a more intelligent rant, but it’s just a rant; not memorable, not pointed, just a generic rant about disrespectful communists.  That it comes from a black man isn’t even particularly notable.

It wasn’t that I didn’t agree with the content.  By my estimation, it was all true.  I couldn’t figure out why it bothered me until I talked with Wadly.  I then realized why it left me feeling the time spent reading it was a waste of time.

The article didn’t teach me anything new.  It was a restatement of things I already believed.  It made no new logical connections and it had zero quotable content. To me, if it doesn’t have something that gives me some sort of “aha” moment or elicit some emotion other than boredom, it’s a waste of time.

I’m not looking for affirmation. I don’t need somebody else to jack my self-esteem or make me feel part of a group. I want new  ideas, concepts and connections. I want to read the leaps of logic and the new perspectives, not retreaded old tires.

So my question for you is, why do you read what you read?  Do you do it for affirmation?  Or do you do it for education?

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