I really feel that society is doing its best to ‘dumb us down’, you see it in the media all the time and you start feeling like you’re being brainwashed, particularly by Tory media.
Also we don’t have so much time these days to ‘stop, think and reflect’. We are expected to go to work, have a bit of a social life, do up the house, and go on holiday ie say skiing or go to Greece for a beach holiday and sit and do ‘eff all’.
Just how do we have time to think when we are skiiing? Cycling does give us time to think and reflect but it offers little time to talk about anything profound.
We pick up the newspapers and we are supposed to be eager for news of Cheryl Cole or the last TV soap? This isn’t good for our brains, is it?
So things are changing for me. It could be my age too! I am going to go to events that ‘improve the mind’ and generally cut down on the crap really. Fortunately J is a bit on the brainy side so he won’t be too bored with this stuff. It’s nice to have someone to go with to on these things.
I even avoided going to Bonfire Night in London which I normally would have done at the weekend but instead had profound conversations with J and learned a new card game (ok this may be a form of dumbing down but hey, I have learned a new skill and it is a good social skill to have and gets people, and sometimes strangers, talking).
Now I want to go to more philosophy lectures, history and art talks round London or where I live and give my ol’ brain a bit of a boost. I may not understand all the philosophy lectures but I like a good debate.
I’ve discovered London has tons of free lectures (just google free lectures_ or try http://bigi.org.uk/ for philosophy. Unfortunately the lectures we have in Kent aren’t free which makes it harder to afford going to them.