"The internet has robbed the world of true curiosity"
Some gentleman boldly stated this the other day while we were chatting at a party. I mean, I get where he is coming from, I really do, however, I think he was taking the view of the 'worst case' and not looking for all the positive curiosity the interwebs can foster.
This got me to thinking about my own curiosity, how I get information, what paths I seek to find things out.
There is the old fashioned way- word of mouth- which works, but has the potential for human error (telephone is such a dangerous game to play isn't it?). Though taking classes and going to lectures may be one of my favorites ways to glean gems of new information.
Books are the next best thing, which I love and crave to read. Sadly I often lack the motivation to go to the library and check out the stack of reference materials I want to pour over; I end up ordering one book from Amazon and leave the rest for later (a later which usually never comes).
Magazines are one of my favorite things, but there are so many and because of that fact you have to spend a lot of time weeding through the junk to get to the goods.
Documentaries and podcasts are also in my wheel house (like, I have a mild addiction to both); and of course, the aforementioned internet. Lets be honest, Google is the best/worst thing to happen in our life time. It has made it so you can find ANYTHING out at the drop of a hat, but it has taken the exploration and pursuit out of discovery...which was, I think, the gentleman form the top of my stories point.
There is a Proust quote which says, "The voyage of discovery is not in seeking new landscapes but in having new eyes."
While I admire the romantic idea of going back to a time where one had to go out into the world to learn and discover (see Columbus, Louise and Clark, Aristotle, or Edison), I think the beauty of life today, the world we live in now, is that if you open your eyes, keep an open mind and an open heart, the possibilities for discovery are endless.
I recently saw a really great quote which I found rather inspirational and I thought it may just inspire you as well-
"I go to seek the great perhaps"
We can discover and explore new frontiers every day. Go and seek my dear readers, I look forward to hearing what it is you find.