There is a lot of information swirling about these days. There are billions upon billions of books, articles, news stories and narratives of every variety available. All it takes to acquire a top notch education these days is the drive to do so. With the internet becoming home to every piece of literature known to man (and some not yet known) we all have the option to gorge intellectually to our minds content. The mere abundance of information is mind-boggling. We have reached a tipping point in the world. Technology has advanced rapidly, and given us the infrastructure of the internet and all the benefits of real-time communications worldwide.
With everyone able to share what’s on their minds we have begun to get a glimpse of the collective psyche of humankind. The inner workings of the mind where once relegated to only being expressed directly via human contact. Before technology we had to be very close to each other in order to share ideas or exchange communications of any sort. Those days are over. The connectivity that technology affords us is changing everything- and fast.
The world used to be a dark and savage place. At least thats what some of the old timers tell me. They grew up in a different time, a different place even. The world was so different it’s almost unimaginable to me. I hear stories of war and of genocide and I have to wonder how was it possible for people to hurt each other so frequently and without remorse? But that brings me back to the new-found connectivity we are so privileged to possess… it allows us to get to know each other, really know each other, through our online communications. There can’t be a boogie man in a dark corner if a bright light illuminates the entire room.
I believe many of the horrific acts that where carried out in the past had (at least in part) something to do with the ability of some to drum up fear in the absence of knowledge. Think about it. If a child who has no knowledge of what’s inside a closet is told by their older (and trusted) brother that monsters live in there that is exactly what their young mind will envision. The wonderful thing about knowledge is it stands firmly in the face of deception. If the child was a bit older and knowledgeable he or she would have simply said; “I don’t believe you”.
In the not so distant past we had no way to find out for ourselves the truth of the issues at hand. We where spoon fed what to believe from a very limited source. We were told who to fear and who to blame. This is still going on today but it is becoming less effective in the wake of all this connectivity. These days we know better than to hop on board blindly trusting, and if we are uneducated on the validity of certain things we can investigate with our tiny computers in our pockets. Ok Google?
The real-world real-time connections we make dispel the nonsensical things we once envisioned in the absence of understanding. Pundits cannot drum up fear about the dangerous savages across the big blue expanse when we already know them from our social networking friends and family. We are all becoming more understanding of each other every day through the magic of the inter-webs and I for one am thankful.
That’s not to say you should believe everything you read on the internet. Yeah… don’t do that. But there is still a wealth of wonderful ways to get to know and share with your fellow man on the world-wide web.
Here are just a few suggestions (besides simply having conversations with each other via social network platforms).
1-Read a book(or an e-book to be more precise) Project Gutenberg offers 49,126 free ebooks to download. Check them out @ http://www.gutenberg.org/wiki/Main_Page
2-Sign a petition. change.org is the world’s platform for change. In a world where the injustices of the past are being exposed and corrected at an exponential rate you can weigh in on the top issues of today. Go to https://www.change.org and start signing alongside your extended worldwide family on the issues that really matter to you.
3-Take a class. Skillshare is an incredible resource for all sorts of things. Whether you are an illustrator or a writer, a web designer or a student who’s still unsure of their destiny. Skillshare offers classes in video format so you can learn from the comfort of your own home. I pay $10 a month and get unlimited access to all the classes! Click here to get started with your first month free! @ http://skl.sh/1L0HD3P
4-Write your own articles after reading articles that inspire you! At https://medium.com I find the selection and variety of articles impressive and exactly what I need when I get writers block… which is every few hours… so I go there a lot. It’s super simple, just read and write. Add your voice to the collective boom via the inter-webs. [chuckling]
5-YouTube. Yup. Just YouTube. While there is definitely a Dark Side to YouTube I still believe that if you can wade through the muck you will find some exceptionally wise and entertaining tidbits. Personally I go to GMM for my entertainment. These guys are funny and entertaining (and suitable for all ages). Check out Good Mythical Morning @ https://www.youtube.com/user/rhettandlink2 , if you want something educational try Animalogic @ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCwg6_F2hDHYrqbNSGjmar4w or BigThink @ https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvQECJukTDE2i6aCoMnS-Vg for you deep thinkers out there.
There is no shortage of ways that you can contribute to the beautiful and diverse wealth of information that is destroying every lie that once plagued humankind. Add your voice and lets keep moving in the right direction!
“Lies and secrets, Tessa, they are like a cancer in the soul. They eat away what is good and leave only destruction behind.”
― Cassandra Clare, Clockwork Prince
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