Chapter 85: Living for the Story

I was looking at Wikipedia today and a thought occured to me that was completely outrageous.

In between reading about the History of Israel and investigating the causes behind the New Coke fiasco, I pondered briefly about the possible positive personal benefit I would gain from updating the site. When I correct a minute detail or grammatical mistake, what do I get?

Should I log Wikipedia editing on my resume?

Resumes log positive contributions in an attempt to show future worth. Inherent in their existance is the belief that past actions and accomplishments are a good indicator of future possible achievements. Putting down your involvement in Drama Club might not be a direct indicator of success at a Marketing position, but it does show that you were capable enough to involve yourself in a (presumably) demanding extra-curricular activity.

It’s easy in college to fall prey to the resume whoring sickness. Activities for the sake of the line item. Clubs for the sake of the implied time commitment. All building for the nebulous ‘job interview’ or ‘application review’. The final test of your mettle, the moment when all your accomplishments are tallied and compared against other similarly qualified individuals.

Maybe I’ll teach myself Perl. Maybe that will impress someone one day. Or maybe I’ll write a custom programming language called the Recreational Programming Language (copyright Radical LLC). But none of those will impress law schools or law firms, I need something that will show I’d be a valuable lawyer. I know, I’ll write an article on statutory subject material and discuss in detail my invention of a computer that can read its programs off of a piece of paper.

Or maybe I’ll do something and not tell anyone. I’ll do something and gain absolutely no possible future benefit. I’ll teach myself Perl because I’m curious, not because I’ll impress anyone. I’ll go to the museum because Venetian drawings are historically interesting to me, not because I want to be known as someone who goes to museums.

I base a good portion of my life around the creation and telling of stories. This website is a good example of that. Do I tell stories about my life experiences, or do I experience life to tell stories?

What would you do if you couldn’t tell anyone? Would it be different than what you did today?






6 responses to “Chapter 85: Living for the Story”

  1. “What would you do if you couldn’t tell anyone? Would it be different than what you did today?”

    Murder and a cloak of invisibility.

    How do you generate the “related postings” on the sidebar? Does WordPress do it for you, or are you so bored that you find these old posts manually?

  2. I actually re-read my site once a week. Sometimes I’ll alter history, other times I’ll just sit smirking at my lyrical cleverness. Regardless of that, there’s a plugin that does the Related Postings. I don’t know how it decides what is related, but it was interesting enough I left it in.

  3. Now you’re posting anonymously to your own blog? Pathetic.

    You nearly Google-whacked it. We’ll consider this one a Google-dinging.

    1. I am sorry for getting ahead of myself, but French Flags? Why not American Flags who were among the first to pursue &#l202;No-F8y” resolution or even talk about it? I believe Americans were even the first nation to place a naval fleet near the region to be prepared for the possible enforcement. I just think no matter what the Americans do in this situation, they are doomed to be condemned. You might as well sit back and save some in this crappy economy. I am just wondering, that’s all.

  4. I think we all get lonely sometimes … [puts back on mask].

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