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  1. Ben
    November 15, 2021 @ 1:36 pm

    This is a topic that I think warrants some real thought. The world is awash in “content” nowadays. It’s easy to get sucked into reading and studying for pleasure or “work,” which is of course fine, but we shouldn’t fool ourselves by rationalizing that we’re really doing work. Maybe we are, but I know I’ve strayed at times too far down the rabbit hole only to surface feel like a modern day Rip van Winkle. I ask myself if I am just procrastinating, or do I really have a path to apply this. Most wouldn’t want to be accused of being a dilettante. Most probably wouldn’t want to be only known as a “bookish” leader. Thoughtful Doers, I think, is where people like to classify themselves.

    And the institutions today are very good at creating and conveying the narrative that helps you feel good about buying and spending time on their platforms. Colleges, publications, politicians, brands…think about how you get drawn into these different areas. Warren Buffett wrote in one of his famous letters to shareholders about politicians – they create a narrative and enumerate the problems (real or contrived) for which ONLY THEY can solve, and so you see these other institutions do a similar method by creating a feeling that they’re the one, the one place where you can find what you’re looking for.

    My biggest hope for my kids is that they truly think for themselves. Don’t let others do your thinking. That’s hard to do sometimes.

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    • jbowen100
      November 15, 2021 @ 2:05 pm

      Ben, I think you do a great job shedding light on what could be seen as the “dark side” of this content. The intent behind our efforts to read/learn more needs to be clear (what and why) as to avoid going down unbeneficial holes. And, we need to vet our sources (3×5 is certainly not exempt!) to ensure they are shedding accurate/appropriate light on the topics.
      Great thoughts and thank you for sharing them! I agree and am challenged by much of what you confront in your comments as well.

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