Reference guides can be your friend. Don’t be afraid to use them.
….it means you have access to not only a computer, but the internet. Meaning if there is something happening in the world around you that you are completely ignorant about, it’s simple to acquire at the least a basic understanding.
I admit as a teenager and young adult, there were many topics I was completely clueless about. My knowledge mostly revolved around entertainment and interests. I loved Stephen King novels, current blockbuster movies, celebrity gossip and the music charts. I was never too interested in geography, politics or biology but on a particularly gloomy Saturday afternoon, fighting off boredom, I’d flip through and read sections of the encyclopedia. Now I realize this disclosure will possibly mar my teen years reputation of being a knucklehead, but at least I was a well-read knucklehead. I also liked to read my mother’s prescription drug reference books, (perhaps that tidbit will reinstate my reputation). I never had a head for numbers, couldn’t remember important dates in history to save my life, but I could give at least a vague description of what photosynthesis was or the basic drug class differences between aspirin and acetaminophen .
Times have changed though, encyclopedias are obsolete and the internet holds a wealth of information, which is why I now lose patience with people who make stupid statements because they have no idea what they’re talking about. For instance I have a friend who is quite adept at locating the police report online for our town, or getting on email lists of stores she frequents but unable to figure out how to copy and paste a link into the search engine. One evening while sitting around complaining about the number of people who have rung our doorbells in recent weeks, causing our dogs to bark and interrupting our dinners, she said something that almost made me fall out of my lawn chair and spill my vodka. A group of Jehovah’s Witnesses, canvassing the subdivision, I’m assuming on a goodwill mission to educate the masses, came to her door. I have nothing against Jehovah’s Witnesses, or any other practicing religion, what I object to is coming to my door with the intent to reform me. If I purposefully enter your house, feel free to have a go at me, but do not come to my door uninvited and try to convince me that I’m in need of a spiritual intervention.
Pardon me for going off on that tangent…anyway…where the stupid part comes in is my friend then asked, “What are the Jehovah’s Witnesses? Do you have to be Jewish?” Really? Then she said, “Why are they coming to our doors anyway, we have a no solicitation sign hanging up.” I would guess they feel secure in ignoring those signs because they are not technically selling anything at least for a monetary value. Some may argue they are selling God, but I don’t really think He’s for sale.
My point is when something comes up like say, a group of Jehovah’s Witnesses at your door, and you realize that you don’t know anything about them, try Googling the topic. You don’t have to read all 100,000 hits you find, but at least read the Wikipedia version. Don’t worry, you’re not going to be tested on it, but it should reduce the amount of blank stares you receive when you speak.
Seriously with so much information accessible at our fingertips, there’s no excuse to be benighted. If you don’t know what benighted means, may I suggest a visit to dictionary.com.