Daily Reflections From My Window

March 19, 2021 Friday

“Smart people learn from everything and everyone, average people from their experiences, stupid people already have all the answers.”

Anonymous

**NOTE TO readers: my media doesn’t seem to want to upload today. I’m sorry if this posts with no photos.

I thought I’d try a new view today into the direction of the sunrise. It seems to take forever to come up now that the time has changed.

Looks like it will be brisk but dry today and the alpacas will love that. Mud is not our friend.

I love the quote above. Well both actually. Without God, there is no peace. If you are reading this and don’t believe in God, how do you find peace? Just a question. And the quote about learning? Often attributed to Socrates, there is no proof that he said it. I must confer with my philosopher son for validation about it.

First, let me share what my dear Madison shared with us the other day. She’s finishing up her last semester at The New School in NYC. That’s where she and Jack met. Unfortunately, it has been via Zoom and online due to Covid. She had the college experience, lived in NYC and was in classes with passionate professors and students, having healthy debates and listening to views and opinions she may or may not have shared. But she had the experiences. The other night she was telling us about a specific class she was taking. She said, “I don’t know if it’s because I’m a senior, but these new freshmen coming in think they know everything and because we’re all online now, they don’t even entertain anyone else’s point of view. It’s their way. They know it all. They’re being raised BY the internet. And they just turn you off or block you if they don’t like what you have to say. They can exist in little places where people just echo what they think. They have no experience. It’s sad.”

At first, I smiled and used a phrase that we used often on Jack and that used to hang as a framed poster in our local Dairy Queen-“Hire a teenager while they still know everything.” Though it is still true, and funny, what she was saying was so different and very scary. Kids today ARE being raised by the internet. No discussion. They know it all. No interaction with anyone other than like thinkers. How will that work out in the end? I remember driving in the car with my Dad. It was his car and we listened to his choice of radio station. The evening news was his choice too. We had no choices and it allowed us to not always be in control of what we absorbed. Different opinions and thought went in from various outlets and it was up to us to sort it out. Everything wasn’t so one sided way back when. I can’t imagine not having the opportunity to hear views I may not share. It is sad.

So today I’m going to make it a point to listen. I should do that every day.

What’s on my needles? Mitt number 1 of the 3rd pair of alpaca and silk fingerless mitts. I’m getting pretty good at this pattern. I have it pretty much memorized! Woohoo! I’m figuring out how much yarn I need so that I don’t need to carry the entire cones of yarn around. That’s nice.

Since the 6 foot rule seems to be up for debate, I’m amending my closing. Can you spot the difference?

In the meantime, remember to wash your hands, don’t touch your face, stay home but if you MUST go out, wear a mask (if mandated) and keep the length of a beautiful cushing alpaca cria (which is about 2 1/2 feet long) between you and the next person.

Have a blessed day!

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