The above is a refrain I have come across on a daily basis during my blog rounds. It irks my soul when I read such. C’mon people, these are articles not law reports. Recently, I read what I consider to be an instructive article (can’t seem to recall the author or the platform that published it, but I suspect it was on TTB) and there it was lurking in the comments: “Too long. Can someone summarise it”.
I shall refrain from typing the adjectives that came to mind in that moment. I felt sorry for her, for the knowledge she had just lost out on, for revelling in the blatant display of her ignorance, for her unborn children who would probably be guided by the same attitude. I felt sorry for her and her ilk. I still do.
If refusing to understand how or why people choose to remain ignorant makes me a snob, I will claim that title wholeheartedly this time. Reading is a favourite pastime of mine and I judge people who do not only read, but choose to proclaim it from their rooftops. By the way, I am not talking about magazines, novels or textbooks. I am talking about an article like this. I am talking about skimming through that newspaper (this is deserving of a post of its own). I am talking about that office memo that was just circulated. Your employment contract (letter). The job advert. The instructions in an exam. Yes, all of that and more.
Look, don’t bother trying to justify it. Do you not feel silly saying a post is too long or that you do not read? My apologies, I take that back. If you did, you would not type it in the first place. So, you don’t feel silly. Rather, you feel content and choose to bask in that ignorance that may be to your detriment.
Seeing as you do not live in an isolated world, perhaps you may want to benefit from the body of knowledge shared by others. Perhaps, you may want to be more aware of your environment. Perhaps, you may want to explore the world through the eyes of others. Or even contribute to that knowledge by leaving some insightful comments rather than whining about the length of a post. Apologies again, too much to ask for. I do not know when as a people we started to bask in short-changing ourselves and doing so with so much pride. It stinks.
I choose not to highlight the importance of reading. I’m sure you know why you should read anyway. If you don’t, I would hope that failure to read certain things have taught you a lesson or two. If otherwise…sigh.
It's unfortunate that we're in a TD;LR generation, people's attention span no longer stretches beyond 140 characters...