Where do you learn?

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Hi, welcome to this week’s thing which I will call Iron Newsletter, because following big trends is the sure way to fame and fortune, I’m told.

No, I’m not going to try to link Iron Man 2 to veganism – I already did that on today’s post!

What I am going to talk about today though, is Wednesday’s post, which is Iron Man free and got me thinking…

Where do you learn?

So Wednesday is (usually) parenting day at Staying Vegan, where we distill the collected wisdom of the Council of Vegan Parents (feel free to sign up!) and turn it into some helpful tips for other vegan parents, parents-to-be, and wannabe vegan parents out there.

This week’s going to be a collection of time saving tips, because being a parent takes up a lot of the day that the rest of you might use for things like cooking. (And sleeping.)

The thing of it is, most of this week’s tips are great for just about anybody – sure, there are a few that would make more sense for families with young kids, but most of the ones I’ve read so far are things that I want to start doing right now – I don’t have to wait until I’m a dad!

And I’ll post them in the parenting category, but I’m pretty sure I’ll make them part of the living category too. They’re just too helpful to risk being ignored because some people won’t click on a parenting link if they’re not parents.

Not to overdo the point here – because I am about to get to the actual point, honest – if we published a series of magazines instead of a blog, I could take this article, rework the intro a little bit, and push out the same piece in a bunch of magazines covering different topics, and it’d be valuable content for each group of readers.

Now I’m thinking about magazines. If you don’t want to kill trees, think about specialty cable channels instead – same basic idea. There is a ton of wisdom out there in titles that most of us will never even pick up. Maybe we just dismiss them out of hand because we figure the info won’t apply to us, or maybe we rely on the curation of articles around a core topic and ignore ones that aren’t focused entirely on us. Either way, there are things slipping through the cracks.

I’m not suggesting you need to read everything that’s ever written in the hopes that you’ll pick up a new vegan trick – instead, just be aware that there might be a lesson tucked away in a corner you didn’t expect. I’ve written many times about how I can turn just about anything I read into an idea about veganism, and your mind doesn’t need that particular quirk, but here’s the secret if you want it:

Think about your Big Problems from time to time. Or, if you don’t have any, your Big Questions. Don’t think about how to solve them; just think about what they are. Your mind is going to look for the solutions for you, and that’s going to be based on the input you feed it, which includes everything you read and watch.

When you’re stuck watching or reading something that you don’t particularly care about, or think that it’s not applicable to your life (and yes, if that includes this newsletter for you, that’s OK,) just let yourself open up a little bit and see if some of the answers or maybe a piece to the puzzle of some of your Big Problems don’t show up inside that noise.

You don’t need to learn about veganism from a vegan site or a cookbook. There are ideas all around you if you’ll open your mind to accepting them!

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Jason

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tomb7890 May 11, 2010 at 3:17 pm

The Vegetarian Society of Hawaii’s Karl Seff gave an excellent talk (2/2009) that opens with the difficult problem of how to learn and who’s advice to listen to. He traces this problem all the way back to the greek philosophers. His talk, along with dozens of others by more familiar names (Brendan Brazier, Jack Norris, Gene Baur), can be viewed online at vsh.org.

Jason May 11, 2010 at 4:05 pm

AHHHHHHH! Tom, why do you send me fascinating videos at the exact time when I’m on a call learning about how little free time I’ll have for the next several weeks? 🙂

Cool resource though, thanks – someone please watch and send me bullet points!

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