I got an email from Woot today. At the bottom they had this silly graphic:
I've been minimalizing a lot of stuff in my life lately: Possessions, bills, work, Facebook friends (yeah, I got rid of people I didn't really know and it simplified my Facebook experience.) I'm enjoying freedom from life's unnecessary burdens, and it's freeing up my time so I can focus on the things that really matter to me.
I never thought about freedom from knowledge before, but it really makes sense. Freedom from knowing what other people expect me to know. I don't need to know the meaning of every inside joke. What happens if I never watch the most popular TV shows and I don't get references? Will my life be less meaningful? Will I be less happy? What happens if I stop watching the news? Will my vote count less? Will I be less of an American?
I really don't have the answers to these questions, but the woot monkeys made me think about it. I'll let you know if I land on anything brilliant.