Culturalism · Self-Improvement

Out of Time

When we are young, viewpoints tend to be informed but whatever structure or experience is immediately surrounding us. This might include features such as religion, class level, familial structure, or household setting. Over time we (hopefully) get the chance to expand our sphere of understanding through education and the pursuit of association with a wide variety of experiences which can serve to dislodge or strengthen prior opinions, depending on the impact. Ideally, the typical person will evolve gradually into a well-rounded individual with personal drive for learning and the humility to continue growing throughout life.

That is, ideally. In the torrid reality of our existence, few people bother venturing past the “Drop Off,” where  they might actually face challenges to long-held opinions. Instead, what has been known and accepted for years is simply reinforced, not forcibly through validating scenarios, but a general inability to scrap together the time needed for such change to occur. Busyness, or the impression thereof, simply lays the foundation of contended indifference towards the unknown frontier.

As noted before, this severe shortage of hours (or lack of access) can prove radically dehabilitating to the anxious mind. Millennials are the first generation to have steady means of getting on the Internet dot com, yet even there the pockets of time available for superficial research – let alone critical reading—are minor between work and digital socialization routines.   One almost has to demand the blocked out portion of a given day or weekend to ensure it occurs, and even in that case the guarantee falls less than confidently.

Now, should the research get started in earnest, the relative speed of accrual can still present a bedeviling reality for curious learners. Books take time to finish if they are going to be covered concretely, and certainly note-taking can extend this process. Then there is the question of which others to read, and the specific order of tackling, plus the overall reliability of the authors. Things can swiftly become a minefield of careful assessment and budgeting to determine precisely what writers are worthy of attention, or the most generic respect.

Perhaps more crucially, the aforementioned debate over order could serve to delay access of an important source. Taking the example of dieting books, if a person avoids reading a particular title for one or two years due to time constraints, they are likely to have gone that entire period potentially eating foods that are unhelpful to bodily prosperity. There is no basis to indict their ignorance, as it remains unwilling, yet the long-term consequences stay grim. Thus we are all victims of what we do not  yet know, and may never until it is too late.  

Is there any more saddening realization?

5 thoughts on “Out of Time

  1. I find it funny how I used to spend so much time reading, researching, and watching informative content back when I was still in middle/high school yet once I became an adult and began my career, I just never had the desire to do those things. I compared the 7 hours I spent at school vs the 8 I spend at work and came to the conclusion that working makes me more tired and want to spend more time just relaxing (doing nothing) at home. My job isnt physically or mentally demanding and I dont necessarily hate it, but I definitely dont have the gumption for learning like I used to. It could be because I never really enjoyed learning in school, so once I got home and went on my computer, I could learn about whatever I wanted to learn about. Another thing, I dont have any homework to deal with, yet I feel like I have less time, coupled with my lack of desire, to learn.

    I am steadily trying to change that and your blog has definitely made me want to change my now antiquated views on certain subjects.

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    1. Part of me agrees with Marx about the product of one’s own labor being stifled by regular work commitments. At the same time, some folks have lots of free time and do nothing with it. I guess everything comes down to the individual’s drive and work ethic.

      Glad to hear you’re getting back into it!


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