Many times has it occurred to me, that there is no longer any excuse for anyone to ever be ignorant about anything, ever again. For any question that needs be asked, there is a means of finding an answer. I speak of course, of the internet.
First conceptualized as early as 1962, the internet was envisioned as a globally connected network where people could access data and programs from any location. Finally commercialized in 1995, this provided for near-instant communication, information sharing through blogs and forums, social networking, and online shopping, as well as an abundance of resources for research and education, and the plethora of entertainment we enjoy today.
With so much information readily available, around the world, I find it extraordinary that so many people still live with such a minimal amount of knowledge and understanding about so many concepts. It can be stated with almost 100% certainty, that if there is a question that a person would ask, that the answer can be found on the internet. Not only though interactive online forums, but simply through the knowledge already available, which can be located using a simple web search for exactly the question in mind.
There are people who still feel alone or disconnected from people. There is no foundation in this lifestyle either, simply because for any niche, any way of life, any interest, any topic, there are other people somewhere in the world that share that same purpose. There is no reason, on a planet of 7 billion people, why any person should ever feel lonely. The Internet provides a very simple solution. Additionally, with the capability of conversation through text, voice, or video across the internet, the capability for socialization is even greater.
When it comes right down to it, there is no excuse for ignorance. If a person does not take advantage of this almost-infinite well of knowledge, they are passing up an extraordinary opportunity. To know of such a grand source of information, but choose to not utilize it to your advantage, is to disrespect the very essence of intelligence. I’ll give an example from my own life.
My job does not interest me. In fact, I hate it. What really fascinates me is Science; Physics, Biology, Genetics, Engineering, etc. So when I find myself tiring of my job, I get online and study-up on the things that interest me, and it drives my attention and motivation. So, instead of being miserable in my workplace, I do what I must to satisfy vocation and supplement my job with learning about what really interests me. As a result, I go into college classes with advance knowledge of the subjects, placing myself ahead of the curve.
In addition to pursuing knowledge for the benefit of my future, anytime I have a question about anything, I get on the internet and find it out. Even if it is the most idiotic question I’ve ever asked, I still put forth the effort to find the answer. When I was younger, it involved tiresome efforts of flipping through pages of the Encyclopedia, and cross-referencing information, then finding definitions for the definitions. Literally days of work for a couple hours of knowledge. Now, a simple Google search provides me with countless sites full of information for learning and cross-referencing. Faster, simpler, and always available.
In conclusion, with the incredible availability of information, we should be taking advantage of this grand opportunity to ascend beyond what we were previously capable of. This is pertinant to all technological advancements. With the increased capability available to us today, we should be responsible with it, and use it to better our bodies, minds, and spirits to become better ourselves, and build a better future.