"on joy and sorrow"

"Then a woman said, Speak to us of Joy and Sorrow.
And he answered: Your joy is your sorrow unmasked.
And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your tears.
And how else can it be?
The deeper that sorrow carves into your being, the more joy you can contain.
Is not the cup that holds your wine the very cup that was burned in the potter’s oven?
And is not the lute that soothes your spirit, the very wood that was hollowed with knives?
When you are joyous, look deep into your heart and you shall find it is only that which has given you sorrow that is giving you joy.
When you are sorrowful look again in your heart, and you shall see that in truth you are weeping for that which has been your delight.
Some of you say, “Joy is greater than sorrow,” and others say, “Nay, sorrow is the greater.”
But I say unto you, they are inseparable.
Together they come, and when one sits alone with you at your board, remember that the other is asleep upon your bed.

Verily you are suspended like scales between your sorrow and your joy. 
Only when you are empty are you at standstill and balanced. 
When the reassure-keeper lifts you to weigh his gold and his silver, needs must your joy or your sorrow rise or fall."

– from The Prophet by Khalil Gibran

Uninformed, ignorant...or just curated?

In a recent blog post, Seth Godin differentiates between uninformed vs. ignorance.  Seth says that “uninformed is a temporary condition” that can be fixed, but in this day and age the internet is a resource that lets us become informed very easily, “if we are willing to put in the time and effort.”

He ends on a somewhat melancholy note:

"Today, because it represents a choice, the intentional act of not-knowing, I think it carries a lot more weight. The more I think about this, the more I’m aware of just how ignorant I’ve chosen to be. Not a happy thought, but a useful wake-up call."

I argue that this is poor framing of this situation, making it out to be much more negative than it actually is.  The situation being that since there is so much information out there, we are deemed ignorant for not digesting it all.  Rather, I believe this should be framed as us ‘curating’ the feed that is our life, which is not negative but rather much value-add to each person individually, subsequently allowing them to add value to their community/world.

Maybe this is the 20-something millennial in me speaking, or maybe it’s just me trying to keep my “curation” resolution of 2014 alive, but I think there is much to be said about careful selection of what one wishes to let into his/her world.  This ‘selection’ applies to all bases — thoughts, people, relationships, jobs, news, etc.  There is always so much happening so quickly that it is important to cater to your passions once you’ve identified them.  

Life requires curation in the same way that you let FlipBoard or the NYTimes that you are interested in “Tech,” “Business,” and “Finance” news but please don’t send “Health” or “Entertainment” news.  Ingest the news that you feel is most relevant to you, and that you’d be able to take and add the most value to the world with.  Surround yourself with those who make you a better person and bring a positivity energy of growth, love, and support.  Be vigilant and guard your mind against negative thoughts (hey Buddha).

Breathe through it and release anything that does not serve you.