Daily Prompt: Overload Alert – Where there’s an Internet there is a way

“Everybody gets so much information all day long that they lose their common sense.” — Gertrude Stein
Do you agree?

Peeled Peppers

Such a variety of colour, so many peppers peeled and ready for the chilli. Ok, so I am just showing off with my prize suspicious photo taking last Saturday whilst preparing the evening meal. With such an overload of colour I did not lose my common sense, and everyone was satisfied with the result.

Otherwise, what is this all about? I get information all day long if I search for information all day long, and I do not. I have not got the time. Now and again I have to work, like use my hands, energy to operate the vacuum cleaner, keep the windows clean and make sure that the toilets and bathroom are human friendly. I do not sit on the computer all day searching for  all sorts of trivial information.

Who was Gertrud Stein that she can advise me on life’s wisdom? I know she was a writer, so what did I do? What everyone else does in such a situation. I had a look in Internet and let myself be bombarded with information. I did not lose my common sense because Gertrud Stein lived from 1874 to 1946 (my birth year) and seemed to have spent most of her time, when not writing books, writing quotes for us all to follow. I found five pages of many quotes from Gertrud Stein. Did she have nothing better to do with her time than write quotes for us all to follow? Probably she was so busy advising us of her wise thoughts that she lost her common sense eventually. I even discovered that she was buried in Père Lachaise cemetery in Paris. If I had been more careful when on my tourist trip of the cemetery I could have put one of my famous photos of her grave on this blog.

Mr. Swiss is quite up in famous people, so I asked him who she actually was. The main thing he told me was that she was a friend of Ernest Hemingway. So Gertrud, thanks to Mr. Swiss (and Wikipedia), I know all about you.

Mr. Swiss loves to inform himself. His favourite programmes on the TV are political discussions. Every Friday late in the evening we have a Swiss discussion group. Politicians, philosophers, prominent people all discuss a certain theme. I read a book whilst the programme is running. Before it begins I ask “What is it all about this evening” and when I know I continue reading my book. I must admit all these wise people with their discussion tend to bore me.

Switzerland has a pastime called voting. We vote at least once every two months. If someone or a political party has a bright idea, signatures are collected and we can all go voting to say yes or no. To accompany this voting mania we are supplied with documentation. Another thing I leave to Mr. Swiss to read. I normally receive a completed slip for the voting session with Ja or Nein written in Mr. Swiss handwriting and told sign on the dotted line.

“What’s it all about this time?”

“Nothing important, but I decided ………….”

Ok I give him his due he does try to explain and I even listen with one ear. If my one ear picks up a word that might interest me I take a deeper look, but generally I do not change very much. In the last couple of years there was one item where I disagreed, but in comparison with the voting trials we have to overcome, this was a small percentage.

Everyone to their own: I have never thought of Facebook being information, more misinformation so I now basically remain on my own little page in that strange place where the misinformed meet, and I cross post my WordPress words of wisdom. Do I read newspapers? Yes, online when I wake up in the morning in bed on my iPhone. Why? Because I noticed that if I do I will fall asleep again for a further half hour. This is especially beneficial if I have not slept so well. The difference 30 minutes relaxed brain can achieve.

There is also the logical reasoning, if you never had any common sense, then how can you lose it.

On these wise words I will leave you. Perhaps one day the theme of the daily prompt will be

“If you never had any common sense, how can it be lost.” — Angloswiss

Do you agree?

Daily Prompt: Overload Alert – Where there’s an Internet there is a way

11 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Overload Alert – Where there’s an Internet there is a way

  1. Garry was in the “newz biz” his whole working life. Now, we don’t watch the news. We are often out of touch with current events, though Garry still scans the headlines (but memorizes the sports pages). I know there are a zillion calamities afflicting the world every day, but I am happier not knowing what they are. Unless they come to my little town, other people can deal with them. With a few exceptions, I am RETIRED. Really retired. \

    And common sense isn’t at all common!!

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  2. Yes. 😉 I like your post. I think you did well with it. Gertrude Stein’s work is essentially unreadable. I think her main achievement was (and it isn’t minor) keeping artists such as Picasso fed and helping Hemingway edit his work. She, herself, did not believe in editing. She believed (and is alleged to have invented) stream of consciousness writing. I don’t like her work much so I doubt the involvement of any consciousness, but… She’s also (in these days) famous for have been a lesbian and having a wife who made hash brownies. As a phenomenon of her time, she’s very interesting but I found it ironic this morning to have her placed in front of me as an avatar of common sense. I think we were better off in the days when we had 80s pop songs for prompts…

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    • Thanks for the info. Must admit have never read Gertrude Stein and even Mr. Swiss he has never read one of her books. I managed a few Kafka books in original German, so who knows, even Gertrude might be a worthwhile read. At least I can see been there and done it.

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