Of great and lost potential

My title may be too heavy for this post, but it’s an idea that’s been going on in my head for quite some time. It was inspired by a talk I had with my friend Darcy, a college professor who teaches at our alma matter. He described to me the frustrating lack of initiative, memory and hard work his students possess. Our conclusion? All the information is laid out by the Internet, social media, etc., that the generation that grew up without Internet no longer knows how to seek out and analyze. I don’t want to generalize, but a person’s perspective is certainly different when you’ve grown up reading encyclopedias, as opposed to just searching a keyword in Google. Back then, you had to read the book, rephrase on a pad paper, and process the information. Now there’s the ease of copy+paste on a Word file, print, and submit. Because the option to be lazy is there, there will be students who will take it.

But I’ve also read articles by individuals who grew up in the encyclopedia age (and are now holding positions of influence), and write as if they never went through basic elementary and high school grammar. So, attributing a general cause can only do so much.

In the end, it’s really up to us and how much effort we want to put in processing and transforming the information we receive. There are those who make the effort of actual processing, writing blogs, online articles, or a clever, well-edited video. To take time to write a piece or make an interesting graphic/drawing/video out of what we learn is an effort we should all hold on to. If something strikes you, transform that experience. Updating the rest of the world with a Twitter or Facebook update gets piled with the rest of the other cries of attention (guilty, of course).

I’ve learned that passion–really caring about something and not limiting it to your own feelings–can really go far. I’m very thankful for all the reblogs and retweets of my Tumblr post about the unholy homily I heard at mass last Sunday. A friend also told me today that a Business Mirror article quoted the blog as well, so ego yay for me, haha! I’m even more glad it reached the influential media individuals on twitter, who can direct more attention regarding the delicate matter that effects my extremely embarrassing barangay. The other side of the feedback hasn’t been a walk in the park, but that’s a given. When one takes a stand, there’s bound to be disagreements. All I know is, replying on Twitter is a lost cause when it comes to opposition. The same way that a mass is not a place for gathering political signatures.

With everything that’s happened this week–the Tumblr/Twitter hoorara, and now, the Japan tsunami/earthquake–one can really see how powerful (and abused) the connections of social media have become. Let’s just hope a good number keep it in the right direction.

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