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11/16/2010

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Here’s something for you. We need to stop communicating so god damned much.

The world has exploded with information, we expect to know everything and if we don’t know it we expect to find out.  Knowledge is not sacred, information is not sacred and ignorance is no longer bliss. We have a 24hr information culture and it is making us sick, fat and lazy.

You don’t need to know everything. You don’t need to be involved in everything. There is shit that other people know that you don’t. And guess what, there is shit that you know that other people don’t.

More and more we are snacking on knowledge, seeking the easy way, the microwave meal of enlightenment. And you know what? It doesn’t exist. You may know stuff, but you won’t understand anything. You become a fat, bloated somewhat belchy shadow of your former self.

Knowing less is more. Curious bewilderment is the new black. Put down your laptop, shut down your phone. Turn off the television and turn down the radio. Go for a walk in the park, meet someone interesting, read a book.

You know you’ll feel better for it.

10 Comments leave one →
  1. 11/16/2010 09:39

    Curious bewilderment – love it! Right – I’m going deep undercover for two days, will be in the park and with interesting folk, though not necessarily at the same time – see ya.

  2. 11/16/2010 10:35

    Brilliant!

    I can really recommend the book by our CEO, Kevan Hall, ‘Speed lead’. Despite the rather cheesy title (sorry if you’re reading this, Kevan!) he covers off things like communicating too much by copying people in on emails and being in boring meetings you don’t need to be in – and how to manage others’ expectations that you’ll be there!

    Posting the link here would seem a bit spammy, but if anyone’s interested, there are links from the Global Integration site. (Global Integration is a training and consultancy company)

    (I’d offer to send you a copy to review, but then we’d have to ruin the anonymity, which would spoil the fun!)

  3. 11/16/2010 11:42

    I’m sorry, I can’t follow your advice as this would mean stop reading your wonderful blog 😉

  4. Rick permalink
    11/16/2010 14:33

    I was going to write a proper comment but I think I’ll go for a walk instead.

  5. 11/16/2010 14:40

    We have a 24 hour MISinformation culture…real information is hard to find! It’s the constant round of opinion as fact and rumour as news which is making us sick, fat and lazy!

    There are countless millions out there who switch off and spend no time seeking ‘enlightenment’ and knowledge…it’s just that not many of them come across the radar of bloggers and social media users!

    As ever, my friend, a provocative post…the answer to which, as with so many things in life, is a little moderation and balance!

  6. 11/16/2010 15:02

    “Stop communicating so much”? From someone who has tweeted or retweeted over 60times in the past 24hours.

    Irony?

    😉

  7. 11/16/2010 15:16

    Last Friday I realised I had emailed, Facebooked, tweeted and LinkedIn messaged one person all on the same day.

    What I love about over-communication though is that is isn’t stalking if you use the different media… 😉

  8. KarenF permalink
    11/16/2010 18:55

    “..just switch off the television set and go and do something less boring instead. Why dont you, why dont you… ” anyway enough singing theme tunes from 70’s kids shows I hear ya loud and clear HRD! Sometimes it can be overwhelming the sheer volume of information out there to be absorbed and like Mervynn says (Hi Mervynn) sifting the opinion and rumour is the trick. Luckily on twitter I follow sage wise old beans. But there is substance in what you say. You gotta sort the wheat from the chaffe.

  9. 11/16/2010 22:00

    You talk too much.

  10. 11/17/2010 14:52

    @Doug Shaw -Live long and prosper……just avoid the park toilets…..

    @claire – Sounds interesting…..I may well check it out!

    @Etienne – Good point…..not sure I thought this one through!

    @Rick – Talking the walk as ever 😉

    @Mervyn Dinnen – A weed is just a plant in the wrong place. I don’t do balance, I encourage everyone not to too.

    @Alex Hens – What you don’t point out is that was a 100% decrease on a normal day….and anyway, so as I say not as I do ffs……

    @Wendy Jacob – No it is harrassment…….

    @KarenF – Glad you referenced the old TV show…..I had chaffing once…..although I won’t go into it here….

    @Stephen O’Donnell – …………….

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