Wednesday, May 06, 2009

Interesting Quote of the Day

The latest issue of Christianity Today hit my mailbox recently, and I was intrigued by an interview with Shane Hibbs, the author of the book, "Flickering Pixels: How Technology Shapes Your Faith." I haven't read the book yet, but the interview made me want to read it.

Hibbs' answer to one of the questions is extremely insightful. He explains in clear terms why something as wide open and seemingly freeing as the internet can be potentially destructive. Here's the quote of the day. Feel free to discuss...

Shane Hibbs on the internet - 
"And it creates a permanent puberty of the mind. We get locked in so much information, and the inability to sort that information meaningfully limits our capacity to understand. The last stage of knowledge is wisdom. But we are miles from wisdom because the Internet encourages the opposite of what creates wisdom—stillness, time, and inefficient things like suffering. On the Internet, there is no such thing as waiting; there is no such thing as stillness. There is a constant churning."



3 comments:

Parkerchica said...

Unless you still have dial-up. Then you wait, and you are mocked by all your high-speed computer friends. Especially the Mac snooty snoots with their artfully disheveled hair and rumpled t-shirts.

Not that I'm bitter...

Chad Freeman Photography said...

I agree with the guy! The internet has been a massive blessing for us... and yet, it has become a vehicle for isolation and lack of growth. Think about how much time we spend in front of a screen getting all the answers to questions like: "Who was the first person to farm sea monkeys?" It goes without saying that the internet also has a much darker hold on people through pornography and such!
Beyond that, this guy has hit on something big: there is little space for application! What good is knowledge if there is no area for growth which leads to wisdom. If wisdom is the application of knowledge, then where do we apply of of the answers that we find on the internet?.... On Facebook? (I am not opposed to Facebook! We should be friends there!). The guy has an insightful quote!

swimthedeepend said...

The famous British preacher, Charles H. Spurgeon, once said, “We all live too much in company; and in a great city like this, we are busy from morning to night, and we do not get the opportunities for quiet reflection which our forefathers were wont to take. I am afraid, therefore, that our religion is likely to become very superficial and flimsy for the want of solitary, earnest thought.”