The call came early, as I was wiping the sleep from my eyes.
“I need help!” my sister’s voice was laced with excitement and concern.
I could hear meowing in the background. Twelve hours prior, she’d taken in an orphaned kitten.
The kitten’s eyes were open and she seemed healthy, but she didn’t want dry food.
I offered her advice from our experience with orphans over the years: offer formula (it’s expensive, so get the powder— it keeps in the freezer if you don’t use it all), use an eye dropper if she doesn’t understand the bottle nipple, try softening the food, mimic what her mama would have done, etc.
And then my sister said something that caught my attention:
“It’s so reassuring to talk to someone who can share actual advice. I Googled this for 15 minutes, but everything I found was generic and vague.”
Ding. Ding. Ding.
We live in the Age of Information and part of me loves it. As a child of the Nineties, I remember craving info on various obscure topics, yet always coming up short.
Our trusty set of Child Craft encyclopedias only went so far, and if the library didn’t have the right books, there were no other options.
When my parents hooked our dinosaur of a computer to dial-up internet for the first time, I was enamored.
Even though the world wide web of 1998 was nowhere as vast as it is today, it was a portal of magical information and connection I’d never had before.
But as our Information Age has matured, it seems as though the information is a little less…. informative?
Have you noticed this?
Back in my early days of blogging (circa 2010ish), a quick search would point to dozens of personal websites where folks would share real life observations and instructions.
But now? The search results are filled with generic, sterile websites that parrot the same stale facts over and over.
It’s generic. Flimsy. Pointless.
It’s advice from people (or robots…) who’ve never actually tried the things they write about… they’re simply jockeying for search traffic to boost their ad revenue.
And so, I find myself reaching for old-fashioned sources of information once again:
Folks with proven, real life experience.
People doing DEEP thinking.
Those who’ve LIVED it, not just tried it once.
Older, time-honored books and writers.
Podcasts that go off the beaten path, instead of interviewing the same celebrities about the same topics.
Because the cost of cheap information is that we end up with very little real information at all.
And as old-fashioned people, we get to once again reach back to the past and find the good stuff.
I’m up for the challenge– are you?
Digging for the Good Stuff,
P.S. The kitten is doing great. 🙂