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Drinking from firehose of information.

Drinking from firehose of information.

We may be finished with school, completed our on the job training or other job learning requirements but the second we think we are done learning is the second we stop growing. We have, at our fingertips, access to virtually all the recorded information since the beginning of modern civilization. Think about the power in that. The average person has access to more collective information than the most learned scholars of the pre-internet errq That means, you right now, sitting there in your chair, have more information available to you than Einstein could ever have dreamt of. It is difficult to appreciate the significance of that unless you’re old enough to remember a time (not all that long) so when none of this existed.

The downside to all this information, however, is that we also live in a time where we are bombarded with it from the time we wake up until the time we go to bed. Humans are funny creatures though because even with all the vast amounts of information available we still complain about the things we don’t know. It’s easy to understand why this information overload is overwhelming. It comes at us with no filters... real, sensationalized, incorrect, slanted, biased, uninformed, opinionated, misinformed and everything else all blasted at us through a fire hose of information and somehow we’re supposed to figure out what to do with it all. The human mind can only process so much at a time which  is one of the big reasons we become so easily distracted and end of veering toward simpler more entertaining forms of information rather than gathering knowledge we know we need. And while it’s tempting to spend light time on cat videos and beauty tips we basically have one of two choices. We can roll over and give up, or we can stay curious. I choose to stay curious after all it’s a small price to pay for all the collected knowledge of the world.