Gertrude Stein once said that everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense. Maybe it’s the warmer weather and the casualness of the summer months, but lately I am feeling an insane amount of information overload. Every time I turn around some expert is spewing directions at me of what to buy, what to do, who to be and what to believe.
Eat this, not that.
Parent like this, not like that.
Work like this, not like that.
Wear this, not that.
Look, I get it. We have never in history had access to so much information so quickly, so easily and with so many channels of communication. Everyone wants to push our their knowledge and show off their expertise. I am guilty of the same. Yet at some point life begins to feel like a human game of Asteroids, and we are all just trying to dodge the information overload. Or maybe it’s just me….
Try this, not that.
Watch this, not that.
Say this, not that.
Knowledge is power so in theory we should seek as much information as possible, right? Shouldn’t we want to be as powerful as possible?
Yet when is it all just information overload? When can we simply use our common sense and good judgment to decide what to eat, what to wear and how to live? People have been doing it for years before we had real-time information. Gertrude Stein had a point. After all, even if the series is entertaining, do you really need someone else to tell you that a mega sized cream ice fruit drink with whipped cream on top more calories, fat and sugar than a glass of water?
I heard a saying once that the difference between ‘information’ and ‘communication’ is that information is giving out while communication is getting through. I think my brain has hit a point where it’s all just information and I miss the communication.
So on this Live a Little Monday, I chose to tune out the overload, fill my brain instead with calmness. Perhaps I just need to choose quiet today so that tomorrow I can catch the Asteroids rather than dodge them.
Today I am going to choose to ignore this, and that.