Is there one 'correct' way to overcome passivity in the way we think? Is there even 'the' way? Of course not! But here are some handy suggestions, breaking things down to day-to-day actions you can consider taking.
Spending your entire day in front of a computer screen is not the same as spending it watching TV. With a TV, you don’t need to seek — content is pushed to you. With the Internet, you have a much wider variety to choose from but you’ve got to pull it to you. That really helps with the overcoming passivity thing. How?
Experiment! So you like music? Listen to more genres, explore sub genres. Read even a simple blog or two about that particular kind of music and then listen to it side by side to consciously experience it differently. Find out what other people are up to, the schools of thought that exist around the things that interest you.
What falls by the wayside in constant content push media is the cycle after the initial exposure to the content (i.e., after reading/listening). Did that plot really make sense? Was the documentary really interesting? Why? Was it good, was it bad, was it controversial, what statistics are around it or what issues and social conventions prevail?
One day suddenly we get worked up about no longer playing music or writing, and swing out in wild reaction: start a blog or commit to practising every day for 4 hours! Unsurprisingly, that's hard to sustain. How about consciously phasing the change? How about exploring a spectrum of activity? Active-passive aren't binary ways.
It’s still possible to be utterly unimaginative and fall into a rut on the net. After all, the net gives you what you ask for, right? It really helps to figure out where there is good variety. Special interest forums can be really diverse within your interest area, and before you zoom in on an interest area (if you're still figuring out what that is), try the generally famous-for-variety places like the TED or BBC portals – they've carefully curated and abundant high quality content on various topics, so you can sample lots in a single place without having to spend an hour just searching!
And with these baby steps, sustained over a period of time, you're well on your way to being more intellectually engaged with everything you encounter. We'll be doing a more detailed blog on this soon, so keep your eyes open!
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