Yesterday I saw this great line, here.
“Why should things be easy to understand?”
I liked it so much I “tweeted” it. @dustbury responded:
“I don’t mind putting a little work into comprehending something, but things can and do get out of hand.”
Yeah… I guess that’s true. As with so many things, it depends. If the “something” is intended for regular use by the general public then, yes, it should be easy enough for a person of average intelligence to understand. I don’t see any need to dumb it down to the point where someone who’s so stupid they make you think, “OMG! How does he even live?” can understand it but you shouldn’t need to be a rocket scientist to be able to use all the functions on your digital camera. (for example) But what bugs me, and is the reason I really love that quote, is people thinking that everything must be easy for everyone to understand and the way some people don’t even try. Anything they don’t immediately get is labeled “boring”. But you know… actually, that’s okay. I sort of like that the world has exclusive little cliques of nerds and eggheads.
I’m not sure I can explain my thoughts completely. I simply like that some things are hard to understand, or, to put it another way, challenging. And, while I do want to understand everything, if I woke up one day and just magically knew everything I think that might be quite sad. Oh, I would be thrilled at first, of course, but if I already knew everything, then what would I do with the rest of my life?
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I sometimes think I’m not really a Twitter person. I like Twitter but I don’t “tweet” all throughout the day and I don’t go there and read other people’s tweets more than once or twice a day. Most of the people I follow are like that too, which works out pretty well. I once unfollowed a guy because he was tweeting too much and I would sign in to Twitter and see nothing but his tweets. It wasn’t just that he was tweeting too much though; most of his tweets were links to articles I wasn’t interested in reading and he had something like a bazillion followers so I thought he probably wouldn’t notice me slipping out the back door. (Heh. “Bazillion” is a real word according to the infamous Firefox spellchecker. And yet, it doesn’t recognize “unfollowed”.)
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Did you know that the Dalai Lama is on Twitter? Actually it’s “the office of” the Dalai Lama. I don’t know anything about the DL other than he’s the religious leader of the Buddhists and he’s for peace and harmony and all that good stuff. But anyway, I like trite, preachy sayings (though I like them better when I come up with them myself but that doesn’t happen often) so I decided to follow the (office of) the Dalai Lama for a while. Here’s a recent “tweet”.
We find that patience is the best means we have of defending ourselves internally from anger’s destructive effects.
Yeah, that sounds good. Where do I get some of this patience of which he speaks? Can I buy it by the case?