I have always loved the feeling of exploration.
It’s too bad I missed the Age of Exploration. I always enjoy the feeling of finding a new frontier, the feeling of discovering something. Maybe it’s a place or a book or even a new food.
And what’s even better than discovering new things is sharing them. I love telling people about some new thing I’ve found or learned or seen or tasted.
People say that social media is actually harming us in some ways. I think one of those ways may be that our drive for discovery is atrophying. We have a world at our fingertips, but all we want to do is turn the world into a stage so we can be discovered by everyone else. I think many of us feel like we are living as buried treasure, desperate to be found.
Most of my students do not know our city beyond their neighborhood. I think that’s sad. Much of our culture would rather silence people they disagree with than engage with them. That’s sad too. People fall out of love with each other when they think they know everything about that person. That’s really sad. We think we have discovered everything, that there is nothing left to find out, no one has anything worth teaching us.
You know what?
I don’t think so.
This is what I’m doing with 2014.
I’m finding new frontiers. I hope you are too.
Thank you so much for being my friends this year, on this road of discovery. I sincerely hope each of you has a wonderful holiday season. I will see you again early in January.