The More You Know???
Remember those ubiquitous commercials in the 1990’s? I can still recall the chime as that star swooshed across a rainbow background. While those were entertaining educational TV spots performed by various celebrities, I’m becoming an advocate for The Less You Know. Let me give you an example.
My kids go to a preschool called “River Mist” – very hippie sounding I know. It’s a small school attached to the back of an old farmhouse set in the Colorado countryside along a small river. We love it because there is open land in which to romp and play with real grass, trees, wild deer, and horses….even a river runs through it.
Recently we were informed the kids couldn’t play by the river because there has been a mountain lion in the area. I assumed the lion had been spotted by a neighbor or teacher but was corrected that the animal had not been seen, only “heard”. This was curious to me as I had always thought mountain lions tend to be quite stealthy and do not make much noise. So I decided to Google and YouTube what a mountain lion sounds like. If you live anywhere near mountain lions, DO NOT DO THIS. Mountain lions apparently make several different sounds, including ones that sound like crying babies and chirping birds.
Shortly after researching these big cat sounds I decided to go for a run in the middle of the night when I got home from a stressful shift in the ER….1am, no moon, pitch black. I wore a headlamp and could only see a few feet in front of me. A rustling in a bush to my left set my heart rate bumping – I quickened my pace. A baby’s cry from behind – I turned around, gliding backwards, sweeping my headlamp side to side ready for the large cat to pounce. A few birds chirped to my right – I was in a full sprint back to my house with a new Strava PR for the last mile. I know, I know, it was irrational, that’s what I was thinking too….but try telling that to your fight or flight response.
I knew too much.
Sometimes you can think or know too much. It’s Paralysis by Analysis. This is the concept of “thinking, fast and slow.” As humans we need to realize when to employ “Type 1” thinking – which is fast, instinctive, and emotional. Or do we need to employ “Type 2” thinking – slow, deliberate, and logical. Both are necessary to successfully navigate everyday life. So before you decide to go get some extra knowledge, or get curious about your neighborhood creatures – consider that The Less You Know might be a better path.
You don’t have time to think up there. If you think, you’re dead.
So stop thinking so much.
Here’s pics of my girls on bikes not thinking at all.