We live in an information-rich age.
Say you’re watching television and some dude appears on the screen. He looks familiar, but you can’t place him. We’ve become trained to figure out who it is.
You don’t have to wrack your brain, hoping the answer will fall out of the sky (or, in this case, your brain) for you. You can hop on the internet and start combing various sites that are specifically set up to answer that very question.
And it works. Which only reinforces our tendency to start asking questions to find stuff out as soon as the question occurs to us.
That’s good and bad.
It’s good because it shows and reinforces our curiosity about the world around us. It’s also bad because incessantly asking questions can really get on someone’s last nerve. Just ask the parents of any four-year-old little dudette. Around that age, the word why becomes a curse word.
So here’s my solution. Give it a few minutes.
Seriously, just wait a bit, gather your wits (such that remain yours and haven’t leached to the cloud) and cogitate.
If you open a drawer and don’t find the scissors, wait a bit. Don’t automatically ask your partner where the scissors are. Think for yourself.
Apply that to everything and you might find your brain actually responding and helping you out with real knowledge, rather than with a new search string to try.
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