Is it an ego thing? How can we research living at the cost of actually living. Even on a site as intellectually stimulating as this we are spending time with a screen in place of the reality –the innumerable impredictabilities– that waits outside.
I believe you only experience truth if it is experienced firsthand. There is no substitute. Even then, what is truth really? It is only a measure of what you choose to accept. It doesn’t have to be an ego thing, after all, experience is what brings us closer to understanding our purpose here, awakens us further if you will. I think it is when you let what you believe as truth define you as a person, rather than helping you to grow and expand that it becomes more ego centric.
The internet is an amazing tool and we are all very privileged to have access to it, but you can only take what you see at face value. Certain circumstances are different than others (for example, direct person to person interaction via the internet may feel more authentic or creditable than say a status update on someone’s Facebook feed), but one needs to be aware that nothing on the internet can be experienced in the same way as the natural world, therefore we need only believe what we feel can benefit us in a positive manner that will help us grow. There are too many news stories that focus on only the negatives of our daily lives and it promotes things like fear, anxiety, pessimism, frustration, hate, all of these different kinds of negative emotions. People get caught up in that, and it’s unfortunate, because it only further limits people’s desire to experience the natural world for what it is.
The internet is a simulated experience, and in some ways it’s not always a bad thing. There may be certain experiences we never would have been exposed to had the internet not existed and it also allows people to pass ideas back and forth and debate. Some of the things I have read on this website for example, I truly feel have helped me to grow and look at life differently. When it comes down to it though, I do believe that there is a lot more to be gained through firsthand experience as opposed to the written word or a posted photograph, however.
Thinking akll you guys are right, but we use the internet now for information, laughs etc… But we are not controlling it, we still have not build CIV, which would be the most coolest thing ever – and gives purpose on the information at hand.
we are smite with power of the communicé, but we can’t move in the train, change gears or whatever – but we are in here still 40k strong, doing jack all ;-)
Hahah, I think the Internet is a great collection of people and you’re all right the exchange of information can be magical and have significant impacts on the world outside. I wonder about the spread though. Instead of spending time with the people around us we find people who agree with a lot of the same things and we reinforce each other. This is twisted in some aspects. I think that a person seeking to seriously pervert their mind could do so in a matter of hours with the Internet. So the knowledge is dangerous in that aspect.
Idk, I feel conflicted about the whole thing. I’ve seen so many people waste their living selves tending to their virtual egos (e.g. facebook) and it’s all so fresh. It is a huge deal for humanity, something our ancestors couldn’t have imagined. It has dramatically shifted our lifestyle in less than two decades. I watch movies of people living in the 80’s and 90’s, before Internet and cellphones and I feel that maybe we could have stopped there.
Do we need the Internet? Will it be a tool to fix the world?
@MajorTom, Yes, I happen to know a lot of people who spend hours of each day updating their Facebook. It’s sad that we’ve grown to praise and globally accept a site designed for maximum ego-boosting. When you say “perversion of the mind” it feels like, on some level, that happened to many as a result of those two decades where technology moved way too fast for society to adapt. We are no longer the same. The overload of information had a negative effect on our culture. People can barely keep up.
I don’t think that internet is going to be a tool to fix the world. I think it is too much, too fast, and it will continue to grow in that direction. There are many benefits, definitely, but sometimes I think we’d be better of going back to the way it was before. Haha, I just realized that this discussion reminds me of going to see Tom Green’s stand-up show last month. He has this whole thing on Cell Phones and Facebook that was pretty hilarious.
Speak of the devil…