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Informing ourselves to death by Neil Postman
Pages 8 (2008 words)
Ever since humans have evolved enough to understand the meaning of the word "knowledge", there has been this ceaseless desire for omniscience burning inside us .the clich' saying "little knowledge is a dangerous thing" does give us a point to ponder. Come to think of it, we do have very little of it.
As long as we were Neanderthals, planet earth was a cleaner, greener and a safer place to live in. The environment was void of hazards, disease, danger and pollution and the world was free from poverty, hunger, homelessness and crime. All these are our gifts to ourselves, which come in a package deal with the technological zenith that we have achieved.
We perceive the present scenario as the best of all possible worlds because this the farthest we have come in terms of advancement. There is no dearth of anything in this rose colored world of ours. (The "children of the lesser God " might not think so but have we ever given them a care!). We are so busy wallowing in this shallow, materialistic and cushioned lifestyle of ours that it has never occurred to us that we have lost a very precious part of us along the ages- we have lost our humanity!
We might have attained knowledge but we are still far far away from wisdom. That is the reason why our world has become a "either -mine-or- yours" place. ...
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