Today it happened again! My curiosity did me in again. Like the proverbial cat.
“Intellectual curiosity” might sound pretty arrogant, I suppose, but it feels right. It’s the urge to think about ideas. The willingness to follow our nose and try to figure things out. I just wonder about all the ideas swirling around me, and my appetite for more information knows no bounds.
Today’s mail brought Foreign Affairs, and I felt like saying “Oboy, reading this is going to be so interesting” and “Oh Geez, I haven’t finished the New York Times Magazine yet”.
Does this dilemma happen to you, too? I keep thinking I want to know more, understand better, but there’s too little time to cram it all in.
I’m an impulse buyer for thoughtful opinions. So every year I subscribe to a few more periodicals and cancel a few others. This year’ revolving entries are the NYTimes (Sundays), The Economist, Wall Street Journal, Foreign Affairs, and The Atlantic. And the perennial MacWorld and MacLife — they’re always on my list. Recent years have seen the the Wilson Quarterly, Hoover Digest, Lapham’s Quarterly, and many more.
Magazines subscriptions are small potatoes. Email newsletters really kill me. I already receive more personal and business email than I can handle. Nevertheless, every week I sign up for a few more free newsletters that look fascinating and useful, and every Monday morning I unsubscribe to at least as many. So much for my intellectual curiosity!
Despite the frustration, I’m glad for this torrent of ideas. I believe that the more wide-ranging information I acquire, the more effective and creative I’ll be at helping people plan music for their weddings and parties.
Still, I wonder: Is it just me, or are we ALL suddenly deluged with a tsunami of more information than was ever available? And at the same time, does it make us struggle to restrain our intellectual curiosity?
What a wonderful, frustrating way to live! How about YOU? How do you handle your intellectual curiosity?
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