090 Knowledge and TMI

Here’s the thing. We make stuff seem really complicated. Like really, really complicated.

The two key words in the above phrase are make and seem.

We live in a time where people tend to get vanquished by “information overload“. You’ve surely heard those two words together before. Information overload or TMI (Too Much Information). There’s just so much stuff for our brains to get attracted on to. We get bits and chunks of details, nudges, persuasions, and information throughout every open-eye hour. It is hard to not give in to so much information and let it completely absorb our minds and subsequently our actions.

With so many options to choose from, so many priorities to consider, so many things to learn about, and so many piles of “new information” being generated, processed and comprehended by the brain, which leads to new desires, mind-sets and thinking patterns- with so much stuff out there (completely within our easy reach) it is incredibly difficult to acknowledge that the world is a simple place.

Ralph Waldo Emerson was right on track when he quoted himself,

“To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.”

Due to wherever I got my universal, valued information and knowledge, I believed and still believe that the world was and is a very simple place. I like to categorize using the bigger picture. When everyday stuff in my life seems to get too rigid and complex, I can count on the stars in the night sky to guide me (not in respect of time). I understand how vast the universe is and how incomprehensibly tiny we are in it and that always makes me mentally sane and just reveals how tiny my problems are (when looked at from one perspective). Really you can’t express that “universal” feeling in words. You just have to feel it, to feel it.

But sometimes, I get held up by all the incredible amounts of information in our small world, and it seems that my brain wants to grab a piece of all of it. From post to post, from site to site, from article to article, there’s so much information that I forget at the never ending end of it that why I was on the Internet and what I was looking for in the first place.

But just a little later, I again understand the futility of it all with the “universal perspective”.

So, to conclude: there’s a lot of information (TMI). All knowledge is of course universal, nobody is born with some eternal knowledge as such. And real knowledge kind of obeys the conservation law of physics; it can not really be created, and neither can it be destroyed but can just take different forms, and be transferred from individual to individual throughout the world. And everything is really simple, but we sort of have a tendency to make it all very hard and complex.

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