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Each time I scoot through the supermarket checkout the staff member behind the till asks me “So are you having a busy day?”.

This puzzles me. Why has this question become a stock-standard rapport-building, time-of-day-passing, anything-but-the-weather topic?

When did ‘being busy’ become a marker for a successful day? An important day? A day well lived?

I don’t actually want to be busy.

I want to be cruisy, yet productive.

Hmmm… on second thoughts, some days don’t even need to be productive. Unless I include relaxation, mental health, contentment and peace into the ‘productive’ category.

How about you? Are you busy?

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Answer me this: what percentage of secondary school students do you believe are bored by their weekday routine?

  • If students are bored, they’re unmotivated to be in class.
  • If they’re unmotivated to be in class, they will never rush to get out of bed and into their day.
  • If they’re uninspired by their day, will they enthusiastically follow their passion?
  • And if they don’t follow their passion, are they destined to hate their eventual employment, joining the burgeoning mass of ‘I would rather be anywhere than here’ workers?

Seth Godin raises a great question in this post:

“Here’s the question every parent and taxpayer needs to wrestle with: Are we going to applaud, push or even permit our schools (including most of the private ones) to continue the safe but ultimately doomed strategy of churning out predictable, testable and mediocre factory-workers?”

…and he finishes with:

“The post-industrial revolution is here. Do you care enough to teach your kids to take advantage of it?”

What do you reckon? Is a no-longer-relevant system (with an output of ‘bored kids’) a contributing factor for tagging, shoplifting, unemployment, suicide, violence…?

What will it take for the system to change?

This weekend was taken up with our annual SCOUTS Zone Leader’s meeting in Wellington. 33 senior volunteers from all over the country getting face-to-face to talk and discuss and debate and learn and share and decide.

It got me thinking about how much time I spend online. I enjoy working on the computer, researching and learning. I enjoy chatting with friends from all over the globe and sending emails and writing this blog.

I also like spending time with real people too.

As technology improves to make our virtual ‘world’ even more user-friendly (think how social networks allow us to connect effortlessly, or how holograms mean speakers can present at conferences overseas without leaving home, etc) I believe the personal contact will become increasingly important.

People  interpret nuance and subtle emotion. Smiles and handshakes connect us.

People give hugs.