I have a confession. I may be some degree of a research junkie and spend way too much time hurtling down the deep rabbit hole of the Internet, but I can't see it all. I can't keep up with the run-of-the-mill news much less the well-written pieces I actually want to read and absorb. Forget the poor jumbles of words and articles that have become commonplace since everyone in the world now thinks of him- or herself as a "writer."
What we see now on the Internet is a mass of badly written articles with inaccurate information that pass for "expert advice"--and some on "expert" sites though I'll not name any names. Have you noticed that everyone you come across is an expert these days--including some twenty-two years olds right out of college?
Some of these youngsters may actually be authorities, especially those on a techie road, but most aren't--even if they have an expensive education with all the internships and jobs mommy and daddy arranged. At some point in our lives, we all need to do get down and dirty with life. We need to get our legs knocked out from underneath us to see how that feels--so we have to stand back up, catch our breaths, and reinvent ourselves. This would go a long way in creating an attitude of compassion and gratitude to replace the greed, narcissism, and manipulation many of us have learned at home, and is now reverberating through the conservative media.
Learning to negotiate through a materialistic culture and our dysfunctional families have trained us to be chips off the old dysfunctional block. As my friend Greg Elliott says, the apple doesn't fall from the tree.
But what about this? What if the apple evolved and rolled away?