Have you ever wondered what isn’t on the internet? And if something isn’t available on the internet, does it mean the subject doesn’t exist? That nobody else thinks about it? And (this sounds ridiculous) but if something isn’t ‘google-able’, where, oh where, does one find out about it?
When I stumped Google, I started thinking about these things. Here’s how it went.
I needed a word to describe ‘someone who inspires others’, and I came up with an ‘inspirationist’. Sounds reasonable to me, but I wasn’t sure whether it was a word or not. Not that I’m worried about that, but if it is a word, I wanted to know the definition and make sure that I was using it correctly. So I googled it, right? I mean, that’s what we do these days.
Well, Google just ground away with a blank screen and never produced anything. I mean, not anything. Blank screen. That’s it. So I tried again. Another blank screen. So I checked my internet connection. Yup, working. Tried again….ah ha… third time lucky. (And here I was thinking maybe I'd come up with an innovative word or idea!)
According to Merriam-Webster, an inspirationist is: one who holds a theory of, or belief in, inspiration. Very good. That’s the word I need.
But what about Google? What happened there?
If you’re a conspiracy theorist, you might think that Google (them) doesn’t want the rest of the world (us) to be, um, inspired. Heaven forbid we discuss inspiration with others – maybe even in person! -rather than sit at our electronic devices.
And an inspirationist? That’s you and me. We’re the one that inspire others – not our electronic devices. They’re just mediums for transmitting the message.
However, thanks to a few glitches, today I WAS inspired by a computer program. Inspired to go outside, breathe the rainy air, and escape this electronic device (for now). Thank you Google.
Hope you’re inspired to escape your device, too. And while you’re contemplating the wonderful world beyond your device, maybe think about those inspirationists – you and me – who, each in our own way, inspire others. (Who are also you and me).