Wisdom Lost in a World of Information

Where is the sensibility?

Where is our wisdom?

It has been lost amid a world of data, a society, a machine which would combust without information, we ask for information, we want to be informed, our minds are polluted with information, we are not permitted to escape this sphere of endless symbolic stimulation, mental manipulation, the machine, the combine, the system, call it what you will, it is not neutral, it encroaches upon everything, it has declared all its own domain, c’est la technique as philosopher Jacques Ellul described.

How can our inner voice of conscience compete with the incessant, tempestuous waves of INFORMATION, the war against human wisdom which passes down through generations has long since begun, it is a daily war for the human soul, and remember this too….information does not mean truth. The Cult of Information, read and listen to Theodore Roszak (1933-2011) He was a voice of wisdom in this electronic, mass-media age.

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The Individual v.s Mass Media

Although I honestly believe most humans have a knack for spotting a liar, it has to be said even the most independent minded of people can become anesthetized with the media’s day by day inconsistent blurred snapshots of human existence. Achieving a comprehensive understanding of any given issue be it government legislation, a natural disaster or a conflict is made impossible on all levels by the media (whose true concern is profit, as opposed to journalistic integrity)

In the milieu of this data-storm; clips, flashes, rolling text, sound bites, it amounts to sensory overload, each day, over and over again, yet we think we have control…we are being mentally overwhelmed each day.

Let me be more concrete, I’ve been trying to follow the situation in Iraq, where violence has been escalating in recent months. The situation in Iraq is often not even reported on, and when it is reported on, it’s fragmented, there is no consistent frame of reference provided by the media, if one really wants an authentic picture of Iraq one must turn to investigative journalists whose objective isn’t financial, one has to critically investigate and draw one’s own conclusions.

Most people generally don’t bother to go through that process (some with greater excuse than others) but what my point is, trust yourself and your own analytic faculties, don’t make the mistake of taking what’s presented at face value, for the sake of ‘news’, even if its 9:13 p.m and you’re worn out after a long day, on the cusp of that corrosive daily grind.