Help! Im becoming Dumb!

  1. This thread perhaps should go into the 'off the topic' section so please forgive.
    Because of the fatigue of work and lifes responsibilities,it seems I can only 'zone out' in exhaustion in front of the tube when I have time to relax,which is as dangerous to human brain cells as alcohol abuse or crack.
    As a result Im feeling increasingly dumb,I dont have time to think,read , understand or gain wisdom.
    Are there any nurses out there who try to carve out an intellectual life?[politics,religion,philosopy,science,etc.] Are there any intellectual interest you attempt to pursue? Are you able to make time to read,[apparently our President doesnt read] to question or to think? Is anyone trying to fight the Dumbing Down of America?
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  3. by   llg
    I hate posts that just say, "Me too!" but that is what I have to say. I wish I had some words of wisdom or some great advice to offer, but I don't. All I can say is that you are not alone.

    I, too, wish there were more intellectual stimulation in my life. But, alas, nursing does not have a very intellectual culture. So, we don't get it at work. And by the time we get home ....

    llg
  4. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    I understand what you're saying.

    While I don't consider my self to be be among the most elite of intellectuals, I do try to incprporate different things into our lifestyle. We try and visit the art museum, I listen to and enjoy many different types of music that I try to get the people I live with to appreciate, and I'm fierce about the amount of reading my son and I do. I'm lucky that my son enjoys a good book as much as I do.

    My son is also really into science. He loves learning about the earth and weather and how the body works. The good thing about kids is they are a good cover for when you need to learn these things yourself!

    It is too easy these days to zone out on front of the TV. I'm not a staunch anti-TV person, but it is not the only form of entertainment available.

    I've kind of rambled here. Hope I've hit on something you wanted me to!

    Heather
  5. by   emily_mom
    I come here for my intellectual stimulation..... I take extra classes at school that enrich and challenge me. I like to learn a little about everything. Last semester it was sign language; this semester Philosophy. Thinking about taking Latin or something this fall.

    Kristy
  6. by   TheBrainMusher
    Originally posted by OBNURSEHEATHER
    I understand what you're saying.

    While I don't consider my self to be be among the most elite of intellectuals, I do try to incprporate different things into our lifestyle.
    incprporate


    This is Heather being intellectual while spelling Nuffin' but love and respect for you Heather, no harm meant!
  7. by   OBNURSEHEATHER
    hehe! My fingers aren't as intellectual as the rest of me!
  8. by   NurseDennie
    I don't have as much of a problem with it now as I did when I was in school. I didn't read anything for pleasure or enlightenment that entire time. As a matter of fact, looking back, it seems like I spent an inordinate amount of time in the pursuit of the perfect highlighter!

    I find it a symptom of depression in myself when I abandon any effort for uplifting type of entertainment. If I'm reading trash books and drinking too much or watching tv too much, I realize I need to do something to reverse that trend.

    I don't quite see what, whether, when, how or why our president's reading habits have to do with yours, but, here again, I guess it's not possible to post any threads without some kind of political "pop" to it.

    Love

    Dennie
  9. by   semstr
    Yo, feel like that too at the moment!
    Still, I have hope (no it is fear of course) I caught the mononucleosis from my daughter!
    I could sleep, sleep and sleep all day and night through!
    Is this the "Frhlingsmdigkeit", aka spring-tiredness or so, coming already?
  10. by   maureeno
    http://www.radio-on-the-internet.com/
    get news and points of view from around the world
    you'll be surprised
    stimulated
    and smarter!
  11. by   ohbet
    Appreciate you replies so far:Your replies indicate that if you could,life permitting,you would try to keep your brain alive.
    And for those who can,you do make efforts to broaden your intellect.
    I would love to hear more.
    Also,I wonder if there is a conspiracy,government?,to keep us dumb by overwork,moronic tv, and just the way the system is set up so that thinking and questioning is suppressed and prohibited?
  12. by   boggle
    There is always National Public Radio to keep me informed on a broad range of topics. Even small doses of NPR while commuting keeps me in touch with the big world out there. I'm addicted to their "Science Friday" program on Friday afternoons. Now if I could only get time each week off to listen.

    Intelligent conversation is another area alltogether. Can't remember the last time I had a conversation or debate of issues broader than who's doing the laundry and why you can't stay out past midnight.
    sigh.
  13. by   maureeno
    "Also,I wonder if there is a conspiracy,government?,to keep us dumb by overwork,moronic tv, and just the way the system is set up so that thinking and questioning is suppressed and prohibited"

    Oh Boy, Ohbet
    now you are getting there

    I don't think it is a government conspiracy
    but certainly we have traded our citizenship for consumerism
    we work, shop, consume like drones
    we are encouraged to seek stimulation
    instant gratification
    to have it all
    new
    now

    who can be bothered with the boring work of thinking?
    http://adbusters.org/home/
  14. by   Stargazer
    For a few years I wasn't involved with much in the way of academic pursuits but I did travel a lot, which was very educational, because I always tried to learn at least a dozen or so phrases or sentences in the native language and something of the history, people and culture of each place.

    Right now I'm seriously studying a foreign language (Dutch), and plan to continue for the next year or so. After that, I'm planning to study Italian. I post to a literature forum and several different pop-culture critique sites.

    I've become a lot more politically aware in the past decade or so and make it a point to read a variety of sources, both print and online, and read the blogs of a number of different politicos whose opinions I value, even if their views aren't always the same as mine. I've been watching slightly more in-depth news programs like Nightline and Meet The Press in the past few years.

    PBS has some rockin' documentaries also--everything from bioethics to an overview of the Roman Empire to a history of Islam.


    I think the problem is that too many people have become used to being spoon-fed information instead of being self-directed, and way too many people think if it's not on the internet, it's not worth knowing. Newsflash: unless you're taking college courses, you don't have a teacher anymore to give you reading assignments. You actually have to seek out learning opportunities yourself. And loads of information is still only available in actual books, which can be found in public buildings called libraries.

    Honestly, if it weren't for the Harry Potter books, I would be seriously frightened that the next generation couldn't read at all.

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