Remember libraries - the place where you could get solid and truthful information? Where you had to thumb through the card files and search myriad shelves to find what you were looking for? Where everyone was expected to be quiet? Where civility reigned and people respected each other's right to peace and solitude while doing their research or were simply relaxing with a good book or magazine full of stories written by actual published, educated authors who knew how to formulate a proper sentence?
People who frequented libraries learned a lot, including how to discern fantasy from reality, good from bad, truth from lies.
Compare that to today, where one no longer has to do a lot of thinking to find what they’re looking for. All it takes is a word or phrase typed into a search engine that will bring up every article and video pertaining to the subject you’re looking for – including all the trash written by lay persons who never met an actual, solid FACT, and who are busy espousing nothing more than personal opinions.
While the Internet is certainly a fantastic addition to our modern mindsets, the drawback is that we’ve been lulled into accepting the mediocre and the downright false, while “feeling educated” because “we’ve done our research and know the truth” – never even recognizing that much of that “truth” came from some unqualified lay person’s OPINION rather than actual knowledge, true research and facts.
It’s unfortunate that all the great technology at our fingertips has only served to “dumb down” civilized society; in part, because we no longer need to THINK. We no longer need to know how to use cursive to write a letter, nor use elementary arithmetic to balance our checkbooks because we have technology to do all the “thinking” for us….Why, while doing that “search” for whatever you are looking for, you don’t even need to know how to spell! The search engine corrects it for you!
Consequently, instead of progressing, we’re actually regressing. In the hustle and bustle of social media where everyone has a voice, there is no more “quiet” or respect for anyone.
We’re no longer inundated with truth, knowledge and wisdom because the writings of actual experts in various fields has been diluted and even drowned out with the ocean of thoughts and voices of those who were born and raised in a modern technological world where education has become unnecessary and even frowned upon; and where “social media” now serves as our “library” where people accept whatever “sounds good” to them.
Worse, people have now grown up lacking the skill to assess what they’re reading, and are, consequently no longer able to determine fact from fiction.
One has to wonder how much further we will regress before we finally destroy EVERYTHING we’ve managed to accomplish since the beginning of time….
Proverbs 8:11-12 For wisdom is better than jewels, and all that you may desire cannot compare with her. “I, wisdom, dwell with prudence, and I find knowledge and discretion. (ESV)
Proverbs 1:7 Someone who is already wise will hear and learn still more; someone who already understands will gain the ability to counsel well; 6 he will understand proverbs, obscure expressions, the sayings and riddles of the wise. 7 The fear of Adonai is the beginning of knowledge, but fools despise wisdom and discipline. (CJB)
Proverbs 16:16 How much better than gold it is to gain wisdom! Yes, rather than money, choose to gain understanding. (CJB)
Proverbs 3:13 Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding, (ESV)
Proverbs 4:7 “Let your heart treasure my words; keep my commands, and live; 5 gain wisdom, gain insight; don’t forget or turn from the words I am saying. 6 Don’t abandon [wisdom]; then she will preserve you; love her, and she will protect you. 7 The beginning of wisdom is: get wisdom! And along with all your getting, get insight! (CJB)
Ephesians 5:15-16 14. Therefore it is said: Awake you who are asleep and arise from the dead, and the Mashiyach will illuminate you. 15. See therefore, that you walk with spiritual knowledge; not like the simple, 16. But like the wise who purchase their opportunity; because the days are evil. (AENT)