And why it has nothing to do with food, sustenance, nutrition, or even bread.
By Tee Schneider
A while back we’re having brunch with some friends who, like us, have a kid with a peanut allergy. When we get together, it comes up.
So we’re hanging out in the kitchen when they launch into this epic narrative about their latest trip to the bakery to buy bread.
How does a trip to the bakery to buy bread turn into an epic narrative you ask? And what could it possibly have to do with helping us conquer the Information Age?
Check out this label. Read it carefully.
Seriously? This label is my nightmare. It is a microcosmic reflection of every single teeny, tiny decision I’m forced to make by the hundreds each and every day. You know what I’m talking about. Everything is good for you, bad for you, high speed, camel speed, dirty, over-sanitized, delicious, disgusting, modified, natural, funny or sick. I can’t figure out what to clean my house with, what to eat, how to exercise, how to raise my kid, what to watch on tv, where it’s on, when it’s on or whether it’s any good in the first place. I know you feel me. It’s amazing that with all this information at our fingertips everything is so confusing.
Case in point: Epic Bakery Adventure. I can see the looks on their faces, standing there amidst the buns, wrestling with it, tossing over and over this one single all-consuming, epically important question: Do I buy the bread or not? Do I buy the bread or not? Do I buy the bread or not?
The truth of the matter is, we’re drowning in a deluge of confusing, ambiguous, incongruous, agenda based information every single day. We are drowning. So what do we do? How do we catch up? How do we wade through all the verbiage and techno-babble? How do we save ourselves? Do I buy the dang bread or not?
There are conversations we need to be having.
Complicated conversations on complicated topics. So complicated in fact, that more often than not we would rather absent ourselves than to have to have them. But when we absent ourselves from conversations, we absent ourselves from having a meaningful voice. When we absent ourselves from conversation we are in essence saying we don’t care about the world we live in, or what happens to it, or how we will hand it over to the next generation.
In the aftermath of Sochi 2014, I can’t help thinking about IOC President Thomas Bach’s recent slamming of world leaders, (read: Obama), who chose not to attend. His argument that attending would have provided an opportunity for peaceful and direct dialogue rather than serving personal political agendas though harshly stated wasn’t without merit. But maybe that’s another post for another day.
Look, technology, social media, the world-wide-web, these are not things that are going away. They’re not passing fads. We need to face that and get on with it. Let’s get learning about these things and get involved in the topics that will define the world our children and grandchildren will inherit. Let’s get on with the business of not being left behind because the ship is sailing whether we like it or not.
Don’t believe me? Check out this short film from Code.org. If you’re really pressed for time, Steve Jobs sums it up in the first 7 seconds.
Uninformed is the new unplugged. Why not learn to code?
I’m not saying you need to sign up to learn to code right now although you could do that for free at Code.org if you wanted to. At the time of this writing I’m personally using teamtreehouse.com, (not free), but I’ve been enjoying it. I’ll keep you posted on my progress. But I digress. What I am saying is, people, we got stuff to learn. We’ve got so much information to sort through. Pick something. Start diggin’ your way out. I am. And by the way, I use this site in order to practice some of the concepts I’m learning about so if you show up one day and things seem a little jumbled, assume I messed up and maybe come back a bit later 😉
Now I know what you’re thinking. You’re thinking, yeah, yeah whatever but did they buy the bread or not? Did they buy the bread or not???
In the end..
They didn’t buy the bread. I support that. When in doubt, never buy the bread. You can quote me on that.
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