[Moving Zeal] Donating Old Information

When I started my career in technical support, the people I admired the most had the most information. Their years of experience, context, and intuition were inspiring, so of course, throughout my career, I wanted to emulate those well-informed individuals. I no longer need esoteric technical knowledge to that degree. Why hold onto most of it? I would only read passages on occasion, anyways. Best to keep one or two references then donate the rest.

There’s only so much use of outdated Linux reading.

My logic before buying this book some years ago was that historical frameworks are still valid today. The main problem is that I don’t work with Linux. It would be one thing if, instead of being a writer, I were a Linux sysadmin that wanted to learn everything possible about Linux and UNIX systems to create better servers or better serve my customers, but that’s not my path in life. Donating these books might be like giving up on that dream. I don’t think of that as a negative. Linux, and technology in general, was always subconsciously a means to an end rather than any sort of end goal.

I never did any Linux weekend projects by myself.

Whereas I’m in the beginning stages of a write-up for a professional publication where the short version is over 1,000 words. Writing is the activity that motivates me the most, besides chatting with friends, playing Celeste or engaging in other activities, so that should be the hobby I study the most. It’s fine to keep some books for reference or as mementos of previous knowledge acquisitions, but it’s helping no one to keep dozens of books about old technologies that I’ll never read. Was that to appear to be well-read? Probably. Instead, I’ll keep the stuff that I’ve actually read or that contain particularly obscure information.

Not all information is valuable at all times.

After all, we have access to the sum of all knowledge[1]. (Extreme pockets of esoteric knowledge notwithstanding.) We, therefore, pay people that understand certain disciplines of knowledge to apply their knowledge into useful actions. Fixing Linux computers is not a skill I want to develop to that degree. Writing, however, is a skill I do want to develop. Part of learning the skill of writing is learning to work with editors and realizing that they may be harsh, but not as harsh as the untamed public, willing to tear apart anything that might seem sketchy.

Whereas here, there isn’t that degree of scrupulousness.

These moving essays are about how I’m learning to cope with this process of moving, downsizing, and living with less. This writing process has helped me come to terms with many things that, if I’d done this in a hurry or didn’t have an outlet for these thoughts, might have been even more difficult. That could be because after I’ve experienced something, I can write about it, publish it, and forget about it.

This experience with these old books is now archived.

Quotes: [1] IDKFA.
Sources: My personal experiences.
Inspirations: I’m going through my books now and looking for easy writing topics, so I’ll be writing about books until I’ve put everything into storage.
Related: Other Moving Zeal essays.
Photo: Some books I’ll be donating soon.
Written On: January 31st [30 minutes]
Last Edited: First draft; final draft.
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