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Confusion is a Relative Reference

Ignorance isn't an excuse when we have education right in front of us. Technology haters can not deny that the internet may be our best and worst invention. Expand on this dichotomy.

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Confusion is a Relative Reference

To the extent that philosophical positions both confuse us and close doors to further inquiry, they are likely to be wrong.

- E. O. Wilson (1929-present)

Are You Coming or Going - Your Door is a Jar! - Another planksip® Möbius

Are You Coming or Going - Your Door is a Jar! - Another planksip® Möbius

Confusion is a Relative Reference

Ignorance isn't an excuse when we have education right in front of us. Technology haters can not deny that the internet may be our best and worst invention. Expand on this dichotomy.

My favorite poem is Anecdote of the Jar by Wallace Stevens

Anecdote of the Jar

I placed a jar in Tennessee,  
And round it was, upon a hill.  
It made the slovenly wilderness  
Surround that hill.

The wilderness rose up to it,
And sprawled around, no longer wild.  
The jar was round upon the ground  
And tall and of a port in air.

It took dominion everywhere.  
The jar was gray and bare.
It did not give of bird or bush,  
Like nothing else in Tennessee.

Digitalized life has led to various modifications for the better as the internet has revolutionized everything, from the most demanding emotional and intellectual understandings to some of the banalest and run-of-the-mill aspects of existence.

Digital technology is so comprehensive today as to comprise almost everything. No product is manufactured today, no person makes any sort of movement, nothing is put together, evaluated, or transferred without some ‘digital technology’ being an essential part of it. That, in itself, speaks to the tremendous ‘value’ of digital advancements.

Not only can you monitor your health and keep your physician informed by means of data technology, but you can also attend and enhance the experience of graduate school programs. You can remain connected to school, family, and friends, which means the conversations and musings about the questions of the world do not have to stop just because you cannot physically meet someone or attend class. The availability of the internet has led to an exponential increase in entertainment and reading options due to new technologies.

You can have private communications with business contacts located worldwide, receive social media notices and emails from family members and their extended friends. In addition, the latest news and alerts from a plethora of real and accredited news publications (such as the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, New York Times, and The Economist). All of this comes with little effort.

Perhaps that is both a convenience and a drawback. It sets the trend to be satisfied with the bare minimum because the bare minimum today incorporates much more relatively than it did in the past. That does not mean it’s enough; instead of settling to get by with the conveniences provided, we should be tapping into the unlimited resources available at our fingertips and moving towards a better understanding of the world. After all, history, cultures, science, and the ability to transact are now at our fingertips; all we have to do is type.

Thinking Outside the Anecdote of the Jar - Another planksip® Möbius

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