In Search of Enough

I love to learn. I find it exhilarating to find out about something new and unexpected. There is always something else to find out about, people, history, culture, religion. But how much is enough?

Being a minimalist, we tend to get all of the THINGS out of our life that don’t benefit our life and allow the things that we find beneficial. I find learning beneficial. I really feel that it is important to learn more and grow as a person through self education. However, in the past month or so, I have begun to question that about myself. How much learning is too much?

For me, it is very easy to sit around with a stack of books and information and file everything I have learned into a corner of my mind for future use and conversation. I know a little about many things. For what reason? Just because I like to know.

I like to know the pros and cons of something. I like to know the history of other things. I like to see what someone says to prove their way is the best way. I want to know the arguments they use and then what the opposing side has to say about whatever the topic is. Depending on the topic, there is quite a bit of information and it can get to be quite overwhelming listening to what everyone has to say. Your head can start spinning.

For instance, in the last post, I told you a little about how searching for the “right” school can become a nightmare. Right after that, someone posed a question to me about the end of the world and “endtime events”. Then I remembered that I want to travel to Marrakech in December and I don’t much about the city. That has plunged me into another round of research and information that causes my head to spin.

Why do I do this to myself? The thing is, of all of the minimalist that I read or have read in the past, there isn’t much information about my type of over researching. I have seen articles and blog posts which speak to overindulgence in technology and the useless information that comes across from various sources of entertainment news. What about someone like me that keeps on inputting information until I reach information overload?

I am trying to discover how much is too much. I am working on a plan that will save me from future information overloads. Right now, I really don’t have much in the way of a plan, but I am hopeful that I will discover something. Does anyone else have a minimalistic approach to acquiring information in order to answer questions or research a topic? If you do, I would love to hear from you. Maybe your idea is just what I need.

One Comment on “In Search of Enough

  1. Another autodidactic here. I tend to go on until I get bored with the subject and that is really about the time that I have settled in my mind which side of a pro/con line I find myself on. Either I believe Side A or Side B or see the points of both that I agree with which makes me Side C. Or I find out enough about a craft or subject that I either decide to pursue it further or drop it. You are right, there is little out there for us info-holics on how to streamline it.

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