Thursday, January 17, 2008

Knowledge vs. Wisdom

Technology deteriorates wisdom. As text messaging and email become more popular, communication suffers. As the knowledge of civilizations becomes accessible with the click of a mouse, individual thought vanishes. I have a wealth of knowledge attained from movies and T.V. shows, and it is not uncommon for me to say something funny and my wife respond with “What is that from?” Granted, I often have the answer ready, but it is something of a reality check when something funny is actually an original thought. People are smart and capable of learning vast amounts of information, but when people spend all of their time taking in data – Googling, checking YouTube, crawling Wikipedia for hours on end – one must wonder how much time they actually spend thinking.

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