EXOTHERMIC CHEMICAL PROCESS – AND WAFTING

 School and I never really got along.  Maybe one day we’ll kiss and make up, but for now, we’re not even friends.  I like it that way.  I don’t remember much of anything the textbooks taught, let alone the lectures.

 

I will never aim to discredit a talented teacher, they are rare indeed.  But, not all lessons require a teacher (you would think), for example:

 

“DON’T PULL FIRE ALARMS”

 

Every school year there was at least one knucklehead who couldn’t resist tampering with the fire alarm.  The school day was subsequently wasted as the entire fire department had to come in and sweep the school for any sign of combustion while pupils lined up outside in an orderly fashion to guess who the culprit was.  This threw off the teachers plan, classroom schedule, reduced firefighting resources, distracted the students, invited gossip, and impacted economics.  If my 1st grade brain could latch on to all of these consequences, how is it that another fellow student could overlook such a serious domino effect?  Maybe the child was curious, intimidated from a dare, or smelled burnt toast coming from the teacher’s lounge.  Then again, maybe we can just be real and state the obvious answer – selfishness.

 

Welcome to 2020 where every voice on every platform is pulling a fire alarm.  They have too; after all, our attention spans have limited bandwidth.  If one voice or network sounds the alarm, the competing voice must sound the alarm…while yelling through a megaphone and simultaneously clanging pots and pans together.  “HEY YOU!” They yell, “Just in case you missed it, there’s more than one fire out here – and this one burns hotter – quick, stop what you’re doing and pool your resources into THIS piggy bank.”  Every voice and every network increases the decibels, showers you with confetti and promises an unlimited supply of pyrite until your attention is spread so thin there is no time left for YOU.

 

THE CHALLENGE:  First and foremost, recognize there’s probably not a fire to begin with.  That’s not to say people aren’t running into the scene with torches and wrecking balls anyway – but that’s for another discussion.  In “real life” when an actual fire alarm is sounded, do you lose your mind and scramble for the nearest exit?  What if the smoke detector goes off in your own home?  Do you call 9-1-1, grab your valuables, and run for the hose?  I’m guessing you are of the normal variety, in which case you simply waft the air away with a pillow or other suitable object.  If you are serious about mastering your craft, I challenge you to be more serious about avoiding the booby traps littered across the internet.  Click bait was created by children who never grew up, the variety who were never disciplined for pulling the fire alarm in elementary school.  When the screechy sirens sound, simply do a little more wafting while focusing on what you were born to accomplish. 

 

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