Technological advantage?

It is amazing how quickly we get used to grand technological advances. Recently, I noticed my daughter, a high school freshman, researching a school project on the Greek goddess Artemis. Within a few minutes, she had found extensive information on and images of the daughter of Zeus that were easily downloaded from the Internet.
As a high school freshman, back in the day, I would have trekked across the road to the Medleys’ house and borrowed the “A” volume of the World Book Encyclopedia. That was about our only window to the greater world of knowledge beyond three blurry TV channels, radio and Reader’s Digest.
A question remains, however. With easy and instant access to so much information, why are we so darn busy and woefully ignorant about so many things?


  1. Perhaps because a consequence of learning about so many new things is we become acutely aware that the number of things we don’t know about (woefully ignorant) is much larger than we would have supposed?

    Easy and quick access may encourage some to laziness, but overall the number of people, worldwide, that are seeking knowledge is impressive. It shows up in some unusual ways.

    Many persons today are earning their livings in areas other than that they received formal education or training. For instance the best ‘tax teacher’ I know was not an educator. I know a number of technologists that are substantially self-taught. Anybody with an Internet connection can encounter the full curriculum of MIT. Anyone interested in improving their health can spend hours with the information posted directly and linked at“ REL=”nofollow”> Better Health , a blog maintained by a CPA for a Baptist Church 🙂

    As folks obtain this new knowledge, for the most part, they also retain connection to their former disciplines. Thus, they are broader based. This is happening in stark contrast to the narrow niche, expert credentialing of professions such as medicine and accounting.

    Becoming committed to a perpetual education in a variety of subjects will keep us busy. Becoming is more important than spare time.

  2. Well said, Gene. Another result is that the world seems so much smaller and, therefore, accessible.
    My daughter is also taking French and talks with eagerness about going to Paris sometime. It is something she fully intends to do.
    She also goes online and looks at the wide range of colleges around the country.
    At that age I could not imagine going out of state to school if going to college at all. International travel was not even on my radar.
    I like your suggestion that increased knowledge of a variety of subjects makes us “broader based.”

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