The Truth Should Come Little By Little
I was chatting with my mom the other day and she remembered a quote from something she read in high school that she said always stuck with her – something about eating knowledge too rapidly.
A quick google search (yes – the irony is fabulous) and I found the story: By the Waters of Babylon by Stephen Vincent Benét. The story is set in a future following the destruction of industrial civilization, and is narrated by a young man who is the son of a priest.
The quote my mom remembered:
“It is better the truth should come little by little. I have learned that, being a priest. Perhaps, in the old days, they ate knowledge too fast.”
One would think that Benét was talking about the internet and social media but he was writing in 1937.
It makes my head spin sometimes how quickly technology, and specifically social media, changes.
And how quickly people catch up. Usually I’m right on that boat figuring out the latest and greatest and not falling behind.
When google+ came around this summer I wasted several days getting dialed in.
And then a month or so ago, I lost quite a bit of interest in the whole social media thing. It all just felt way too fast, way too much (mostly irrelevant) information, but mostly way too shallow.
I like to have deeper, more meaningful conversations.
A few months back, I dusted off my RSS reader (google reader) and went back to reading artists blogs and spending less time on social media. The writing and content tends to be deeper and more thoughtful on blogs than the 1 line comments found on facebook.
I’ve also recommitted to writing my blog and while not yet back on a regular schedule, my intention is to go back to writing more substantial posts myself.
I’ve slowly been hunting for new artists that are engaged in thoughtful discourse via their blogs, as many of the folks I used to read have all but abandoned their blogs for social media.
Fortunately Joanne Mattera is still writing meaty and interesting posts. Her latest Marketing Monday was excellent food for thought: Who is a “Professional Artist”?.
Not really related to the theme of this post (technology) but a nice alternative for those that aren’t interested in yet another article contemplating the place of social media in my life.