A couple of weeks ago, my husband and I went and saw Joe Rogan do his new stand up bit. Tour dates here! Highly recommend if he is coming to a city near you.

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My obsession with Joe started after I watched his Netflix special, “Triggered”. I’ve since watched it about 5 more times. Then I was introduced to his podcast on a long car ride out to the river. Check that out here! But of course, like who didn’t love Fear Factor back in the day. Well, all of this new information has lead to stimulation in my brain. Allowing me to view things a tad bit more open then I was previously believing or at the very least giving me a less naive outlook on the world and our human race.

 

After traveling to a couple foreign places this year, spending a great deal of time reading various “news articles”, watching documentaries in my spare time and listening to several different podcasts like Rogan’s where the host interviews people from many different backgrounds, professions and ideologies– I am seeing the human race from a slightly different perspective. I’ve begin to realize how much I assume other people know. Then I find myself judging them based on what they don’t know. One of my own faults I am going to start working on. Basically what I assume is common knowledge, isn’t exactly common knowledge. It only took me 27 years to figure this out.

Thanks largely in part to the internet and streaming services there is so much knowledge for us out in the open. There is so much information that they aren’t telling us and teaching us. Disclaimer: I am not saying I know everything. But, because of what I have learned this past year about myself and the people around me it makes me want to hit this next year running, collecting more knowledge. I want to advocate to all these people rather than judge them. Forgive them father for they do not know what they do… or something. 

This fountain of knowledge that has been pouring into my brain the past couple of years has set my being into motion. I am always so surprised when I talk to people about things like nutrition, religion, exercise and the universe on a basic level of my understanding and they will literally ask me, “how do you know that?”.  I want to say, haven’t you ever read a book? Haven’t you ever googled something you didn’t know? Have you ever watched a documentary that focuses on current issues? Have you ever listen to someone else talk that has different insights from life than yourself? I am just now realizing that the answer is mostly no, they haven’t.

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Cosmos with Neil deGrasse Tyson is a great place to start as far as documentaries. I’ve watched it in its entirety at least three times. 

What a time to be alive. What is it all for if we aren’t taking full advantage of all that the world has to offer us at this moment? Education doesn’t have to be through an institution. I believe that that is where a lot of people are missing the boat. We can educate ourselves every day, every other day– once a month, on our own terms. We can’t simply stop gathering knowledge once we aren’t forced to anymore by the system.

Reading is also something we are all capable of doing. I can’t tell you how many times I hear people say, “I want to read more, I just don’t have time.” Reading continues to be one of my favorite hobbies, I typically like to brag about the books I am reading. I tend to love fiction– I love a good protagonist that I can connect with but every couple of books I throw in something nonfiction to expand my knowledge. Here is what I am currently reading (below).

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Clearly, I am on one right now. I just feel like there is more we can do to understand our differences. There is more we can do to be open minded, unbiased and worldly. There is so much potential for us, we just have to be willing to make the effort. Mundane, every day matters drag us into these routines and we aren’t flourishing like we could be. Let’s make the things that should be common knowledge, actual common knowledge. This came out really ranty and all over the place, as a lot of my writing does. Oh well, cheers.

 

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