I approximate to stay on the edge of my learning.
I read, listen, & make connections.
Often I do this frenetically so as not to fall prey to conspiracy-theorist,
Fox News predator types.
I like the mindset of that beekeeper
watching the capture of a huge bee swarm in Times Square.
He estimated the swarm size to be 20,000.
Are you sure? No, he says, but, to be sure all you need to do is
count the legs & divide by 6.”
Keeping track makes the thing matter,
leading to a wide-awake life.
The 2 generations down from me value this Earth
in a way I didn’t as a kid.
Value it in that they learn it & figure out how to care for it.
My grandkids’ parents know they have to be positive & constructive
to ward off intentional trumpian chaos w/ facts not fantasy.
Lots of science, history, nature, marches, writing, letter-writing, & talk.
Keeping track is vital. Our 6-year old notebook-keeping-Bird-watcher is learning this. A 420 character 9-liner.
ideally I decide based on ALL the facts
& take ALL the time I need
to be wise & wonderful; but, poppycock, who does this?
So, although my knowledge and time are constrained,
I try to ”unconstrain” them, as I did to ID this hawk.
It’s deplorable to accept what the loudest talking head is saying;
I need to gauge out time & resources to learn as much as possible,
to unbound my rationality.
Bounded rationality: I can’t know or have time to learn it all; I keep that in mind; it helps me ID perched birds & heft oxen out of ditches. A 420 character 9 line memoir bit.