Discussions with the Academic

Weird confession – I have always had an easier time falling into pop culture than more academic interests.  I’m quite capable of studious living, but  I’ve forever preferred a sitcom to a book, a movie to the presidential debate, and as of late, Facebook and Twitter rather than in depth research.

My son copying his mother by being on technology…

There could be reasons – sometimes really in depth topics cause me to get mush brain – not that I don’t find them interesting or exciting – but recently I’ve been told I should be tested for ADD – no surprise to me and many of my teachers – and the length of this sentence shows you that focusing for long terms of time on something can be tricky for me.

I am interested in very academic things – Theology, Science, Politics, Psychology, Star Trek, and I love to talk about them!  However, I’m not armed with a lot of research or capability to formulate arguments for those who are TRUE academics.  This had never been a problem for me – until I decided to finally follow my call into the ministry.

People in Seminary are for the most part, academics.  It’s grad school – totally makes sense.  They don’t want a “quippy comedic” answer for serious arguments, and it has gotten me into trouble lately.  Extreme frustration has arisen in conversations with friends, classmates – strangers!  While I know what I mean, I can’t get it out in a way that makes sense to someone in the upper echelon of thought – and for someone who has always been able to express herself well, this is a very humbling feeling.

It can only get more pressuring when people in a context start quizzing me on biblical knowledge, candidacy committees ask me to articulate my theology, not to mention situations that have yet to present themselves.

My resolution?  To turn off my tv and use my free time for research.  To find ways to cope with my short-lived attention span and work through it in order to retain more information and practice formulating thoughts that can be directed not only at pop-culture fanatics (my peeps!) but academics that speak a different language.


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