Brief: (adj) of short duration
I listened as a young pundit explained how disturbed he was that people were “no longer questioning.”
He thought it was caused by a newfound smugness.
Actually, we are swimming away from being inquisitive because we’re being drowned by information. Long before we can form a question, we are given so much data that we’re afraid to inquire further, lest we be bored to death.
Some of the best advice I ever gave to myself was “be brief.”
It happened shortly after I began writing blogs and discovered my average word count was over sixteen hundred. I considered this to be respectable and spurned any notion that my writings were being ignored because of verbosity.
Then one day I read a sixteen hundred-word article. Becoming weary of the process at about word 452, I persevered, to prove my point that there would be a great payoff in the end.
The only result of that exercise was me deliberating whether to stubbornly over-write or embrace the anointing of brevity.
Now my blogs average about 350 to 400 words.
Have I become more stupid–incapable of elaborating?
No. I’ve given my fellow-humans a great gift:
Briefly read what I have to share.
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