February 09, 2014
Posted by firstname.lastname@example.org ®
We deal with nationalism, racism, capitalism, egoism, consumerism, catastrophism, dualism: an ocean of -isms, its source deep in the human psyche. We live in the age of information, yet we are incredibly uninformed. The vastness of the Internet gives us access to answers in a click, yet we are lost. We do not ask questions, we seldom know what to ask. We are swimming in an ocean of information, yet often drowning in ignorance.
Our age of technology produces its toys—phones, cars, games, tablets, i-Phones, i-Pods—quasi-i-Gods—all making our life at the base of Maslow’s pyramid more comfortable. Attachment to the illusion of happiness these entertainment devices give us becomes the path of least resistance.
Time is racing ahead at a phenomenal speed. Although our clocks still work on the same twenty-four-hour-a-day basis, the pace of life and the speed at which the hours go by have hastened. And how do we know what to learn when so much knowledge is required of us?
The Internet is the new Book of Life—but vast, variegated, vertigo-inducing in its variety. And so, alternating between not knowing what to learn and not having the time to learn it, we end up dedicating our lives to “less complicated activities” such as eating, reproducing, sleeping, shopping, working jobs without a larger purpose, and adhering only to the vibration of general, generic existence. Many people thus become misguided and manipulable. Mass opinion is usually artificially manufactured. On the news everything ever seems to be getting worse; we are constantly fed waves of negative thinking and fear. We watch movies filled with violence and horror for enjoyment, we hunt animals for sport. We view ourselves in distorted mirrors; the more we look at our reflections, the more we see our illusory selves as our real selves.