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4 years ago

This is a long article, but interesting, so here is the link;

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-12191104

 

14 January 2011 Last updated at 17:55 GMT

A Point of View: Does more information mean we know less?

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We pay a price for all the information we consume these days - and it's knowing less, says Alain de Botton.

 

One of the more embarrassing difficulties of our age is that most of us have quite lost the ability to concentrate, to sit still and do nothing other than focus on certain basic truths of the human condition

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The fault lies in part with our new gadgets. Thanks to our machines, of which we are generally so proud, the past decade has seen an unparalleled assault on our capacity to fix our minds steadily on anything. To sit still and think without succumbing to an anxious reach for a machine has become almost impossible.

 

 

But we can't just blame the machines. There is a deeper issue at stake - the feeling, so rife in modern secular culture, that we must constantly keep up with what is new.

 

The obsession with current events is relentless. We are made to feel that at any point, somewhere on the globe, something may occur to sweep away old certainties. Something that if we failed to learn about it instantaneously, could leave us wholly unable to comprehend ourselves or our fellow human beings.

4 years ago

The only way to find ones way through all the debris from the information explosion is by viewing everything according to some reliable authority. Different people accept different authorities. Those who accept the media as their authority are more easily exploited, controlled, manipulated and enslaved.

 

In my opinion the Vedas are the most worthwhile and reliable authority. I find them very helpful.

4 years ago

That is true -

we all know the popular saying -

Jack of all and Master of None

you cannot trust - grapevine communication .

It is better you stick to your own inner sense .

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There are certain yoga systems that are highly effective when it comes to developing that inner sense. The maha mantra is very much recommended.

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