|Courtesy Allen Young|
After many years of studying all kinds of diet fads from low carb to high carb to fat free to the cave man diet, the secret to losing weight has finally been verified and it boils down to the rather obvious solution of either reducing caloric intake or increasing calorie burning (exercise) or both. I have been wondering if that same principle might be applied to the information we take in as well. What happens to our brains when we get too much information? I have recently found it increasingly hard to keep up with the handful of blogs and online discussions that I am a part of, as well as the RSS reader, my podcast subscriptions, the 5-10 books I may be reading at any given moment in addition to all the other noise and clatter from TV, cell phones, and radio. Sometimes I think I am suffering from a bad case of Too Much Information. It’s not that the information is bad or not useful it’s just that, like the food we consume, at some point my brain can’t do much with it and it just turns to mental flab. I think I need to either go on an information diet or start setting aside more time to write so that I can turn this flab into mental muscle.
On my days off I am fond of sitting on my back porch with my pipe and a good book however lately I have found that I don’t even want to read because the sound of the birds and the wind through the trees is just too beautiful and serene to mess up with the words of people. So I’ve been doing a lot of sitting and staring and getting quiet when I get the chance. When the noise outside fades I can finally truly hear again.
The apostle Paul once wrote, “Knowledge puffs up but love builds up.” I’m a big fan of knowledge and information but without love, without connection, without action they ten to leave me a little bloated.
So here’s a couple of questions:
- Do you feel like you are sometimes drowning in a sea of Too Much Information?
- How do you turn your mental flab into something of substance?
- Do you ever find it helpful to cut back on your intake of information?