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…Perhaps we were only mildly entertained. Regardless, please enjoy these Reviews, Responses, Works of Fiction, and Retellings brought to you by one who hopes to someday join the ranks of those who have written something worth reading.
(Kaylia Metcalfe)

A Word of Warning

I am not a terribly smart person. I was a rather average student and I have a tendency to not bother to even attempt to learn something unless either a)I think it will came in handy later or b) I actually wish to know it.

Of course I have vastly different measures of both a and b now then I did back when I was fourteen or even twenty-two. What this means is that there are hundreds, no wait, thousands of things that I didn’t care enough about or deem important enough to bother with learning when I had the chance.

And now that I am older, wiser, and have the luxury of looking back in time a bit, I realize how much of my potential education I squandered.

Not just my education…. My potential education.

The idea that youth is wasted on the young isn’t new… but my appreciation for the truth in the adage is.

Which is why I am picky.

I am picky when it comes to what I read (books, blogs, news, etc). I am picky when it comes to what I watch on TV (or the net version of TV called Hulu). I am picky when it comes to who I have intellectually stimulating conversations with. I am picky when it comes to how I use my time.

Because there is always this faint echo in the back of my head that is asking me if this is really the best use of my time, my energy, my failing eyesight, my internet bandwidth, my energy….

Don’t get me wrong. It isn’t like I think that people need to forgo all fun and fluffy type actions and only concentrate on the hard, the disciplined, the productive and self improvement activities.

I think there are benefits to entertainment. There is relaxation, there is escapism, there is the building of shared cultural context,… and these things are essential (at least for me) to obtain happiness.

And I am also not deluded enough to think that just because I happen to feel that TV Show A is worthy of my time but anything written by Author X is insipid tripe and should be avoided at all costs, that I have any claim at being RIGHT or that what works for me will work for everyone else. The converse is inherently true as well.

Keep all that in mind if you chose to continue to read my blog. Or any blog entry I have written or may write about books, movies, music, art, sports, pastimes, education….

I might be a literary snob and a snotty sycophant who is in love with pseudo intellectualism and the not quite dead idea of deconstruction… but at least I am self aware and make no claims to genius.

Coming Soon:

My review of:
Dog On It

6 comments:

Lisa said...

You're right about filtering and time management. I'm learning that the hard way as I stubbornly refuse to accept the fact there are only 24 hours in a day.

Only you can be the judge of what's of value to you.

Dawn on MDI said...

Nice post.
I think too often we (including me) judge others by our own yardstick and find them wanting. Things that are worthwhile to me are not important to others. Some people like Survivor and American Idol. Personally, I'd rather go to the dentist than sit through either. I prefer CSI and the History Channel. Ok, and the food network. Sometimes. But I digress. You read what you like and I read what I like and sometimes those lists might overlap, but most times they probably don't and that's ok. How else would the world be the great, diverse, wonderful place it is.

Ralphd00d said...

Re: Book Review - your previous post mention about this book sounds much like Jimmy Buffet's "Swine Not" especially the 6+ chapters of an animal's voice/view. Definitely wasn't one of the better reads for me....

Jay said...

I think that we all tend to do that in some way. We just can't believe that someone wouldn't like what we like.

I do try not to look down on what other people like though. Unless they like Nickleback or reality TV. haha ;-)

Heathencat said...

I remember having little euphoric moments hit me fairly frequently when I was younger - I have to try harder to reach those now. A simple outing with friends thrilled me and sustained me in anticipation for the whole week. I guess the world was newer and everything was more exciting - now I've got to work harder for my thrills. That's certainly resulted in me being "pickier" as well, not that that's a bad thing - it just helps shape who we are. I just try not to let my filters narrow too much. lol.

Pagan Sphinx said...

"I might be a literary snob and a snotty sycophant who is in love with pseudo intellectualism and the not quite dead idea of deconstruction… but at least I am self aware and make no claims to genius."

I am most certainly a literary snob. And I tend to excuse it by stating up front that I am the victim of a lousy education; so it's just an accident I have good taste. ;-)

The problem I run into is that I'm too intellectually lazy to indulge in a steady diet of intellectually stimulating reading/viewing, so I end up being just as much of a bumb ass as the next person.

I, for one, am looking much forward to you film review!