Mature consumption

I've come to the conclusion that some content -- books, films, documentaries, historical events -- should only be consumed when you reach a level of emotional and experiential maturity to appreciate it. Sometimes you've gotta re-consume the same thing over again multiple times at different points in your life, and you never absorb it the same way twice. I just watched a whole documentary about Pol Pot and the Cambodian Genocide, followed by another about North Korea's deadly Arduous March. Were I to have watched either as a kid (my parents were pretty lax about censorship), I admit I wouldn'tve understood a darn thing. I'm now in my 40s and shaken to the bone. The same goes for reading Fahrenheit 451 - and the Bible, and for researching the skeletons in my family's closet... etc. We live in an age where content is out the open like an Egyptian bazaar. I'm all for access to it all, but really, age does really make so many things relative/relevant. Also, the ability to discern good from bad quality content is getting ever more harder, yet it's so essential to helping us become better quality people.


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Great confession; agreed.

Feb 9, 2024 at 10:17am

To bring pop culture into the mix, I have to say that now more than ever, I am waking up to the ideas presented in the movie The Matrix.

I remember seeing it repeatedly in theatres in the late 90s and falling asleep every time, as if it contained information that I was not yet ready to access.

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Feb 9, 2024 at 10:18pm

I think this Anthony Bourdain quote is applicable, some people just need a period of reflection to fully absorb what they have experienced.

"Travel isn't always pretty. It isn't always comfortable. Sometimes it hurts, it even breaks your heart. But that's okay. The journey changes you; it should change you. It leaves marks on your memory, on your consciousness, on your heart, and on your body. You take something with you. Hopefully, you leave something good behind.

If I am an advocate for anything, it is to move. As far as you can, as much as you can. Across the ocean, or simply across the river. Walk in someone else's shoes or at least eat their food. It's a plus for everybody.” -- Anthony Bourdain

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Feb 9, 2024 at 10:46pm

Should be banned for those under 19/20.

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Yes the stages of teaching kids should be age appropriate

Feb 10, 2024 at 9:46am

But the challenge is these times of families and societies flying apart is having the individual, family and societal coherence. Those who can see their way need to recenter into genuine co-op living. Thing is tho, there are so much incidence of counterfeit fraud leadership that we all got to learn to first centre ourselves. Sure, non of us are perfect but we must learn to keep it sufficiently authentic between our own shoulders first, then spread it out.

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@ Should be banned for those under 19/20

Feb 12, 2024 at 12:01pm

That is a VERY valid concern. But really as is said: 'The cat is out of the bag' and how can helping our children, and all people, be accomplished in a compassionate democratic way? When you look at the history of political extremism, it never helps. It always makes life worse.

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Feb 12, 2024 at 8:30pm

Sad and pathetic how people want to censor information.

It all starts with the best of intentions...

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@@ should be banned

Feb 13, 2024 at 2:36pm

the internet is less than 30 years old. 1996 was roughly the true start of the world wide web. Thinking that that technology will always be, is silly.

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