In my Sunday Salon post I asked for feedback about regular posts recapping my favorite TV shows. Well none of you people that live in my computer responded but I did receive one influential piece of feedback from my first and most important reader, my husband. He told me he would be disappointed if I started posting about TV shows. Educating Petunia was begun as a place where I could share what I'm learning, primarily from my reading but occasionally from homeschooling and from life. I have mentioned before (here and here) why I don't actually have TV. I watch a few shows on abc.com but generally our household considers television to be the antithesis to intellectual stimulation. We realize that there are some valuable shows out there but generally speaking, the television is much more about escapism and numbing the mind, filling our heads with noise instead of thoughts, than it is about learning anything useful. So I respect that my husband shared his thoughts with me about this and I am grateful that he is there to remind me of my goals. I desire to be an intelligent and thoughtful woman. This doesn't just happen, it takes work. I need to be able to think for myself if I am to have any self respect. I want to diminish my desire for pop culture and trendy America as they only leave me unsatisfied and a bit lighter in the pocketbook. At the end of the day I want to be able to look back and say that I did something useful and learned something new each and every day. I don't want to have wasted my time. I don't plan to stop watching Dancing with the Stars or Lost anytime soon because I like to be entertained once in a while; just like I will continue to read Nicholas Sparks when I need a bit of mindless romance but I will keep this blog as a place where I can share my meaningful pursuits.
Yesterday I chose nonsense. Today I choose knowledge.