Too Much Information


This past week I rode out my first earthquake (5.9) and my first real hurricane. Irene and I are pretty much friends, since she left. Kindly, she didn’t take my electricity or internet or trees or lawn furniture. If you like, you can check out a poem I wrote for her here.  But, she also left me something to ponder:

I often (OK, always) listen to either news radio, Christian music, Janet Parshall,  or a podcast sermon. But, as Irene approached, I upped the ante on news. Incessantly, obsessively, I listened to weather updates and hurricane warnings. I almost felt like I was in greater control if I knew what to expect. It was as if I could keep my lights on or will Irene back to sea if I just knew what to expect. I think I might have cursed the meteorologist if she had been wrong. How dare she lie to me!

I know, really I do, that I had no control whatsoever over Irene’s behavior. For that matter, neither did the weather-woman. Suddenly, it dawned on me (albeit slowly) that Irene was going to do what Irene was going to do whether I knew about it or not! Hurricanes have been attacking coastlines for millennium – long before radios and television broadcasted warnings. And the earthquake! it shook my house and the Washington Monument with no forethought. The only forethought given was God’s.

It seems funny to me, as we think we grow smarter and smarter, that ultimately we are no more powerful. Is God chuckling? In fact, perhaps we were better off before we knew enough to frighten us of everything.

– now that we have defined calories – we worry about eating too many

– now that we measure our education by degrees – we worry that we aren’t smart enough

– now that we have games and computers we spend hours lost in ourselves and outside of relationship

– now that we have so much information, we have too much to do and no time for families

Do you see what I’m saying?

Recently, I read a study that determined that the average adult spends more than 8 hours a day in front of some screen – receiving information. And yet, we know that we are scarcely using the vast capacity of our minds. Made in the image of God – should we re-evaluate what type of information we are consuming?

2 thoughts on “Too Much Information

  1. Wonderful article! And in answer to the last line: Absolutely! I think much of what’s wrong with people today is the fact we are constantly fed “bad” information. In fact here’s something I wrote today on that very subject: (It is a scheduled post for my blog tomorrow afternoon, so you’re getting an unprecedented sneak preview!)

    It occurred to me one recent day that I am who I am, and everything that has happened, up to and including the last few seconds, has contributed to the process of molding me into the person I am at this very moment. And, I cannot change who I am.

    What I can change is what I focus on, and what I might yet become. Another old adage, “garbage in, garbage out”, might be a clue as to how to do so. If we constantly allow bad information to be instilled in us, no matter what the source, we will expel—by our actions—the bad things we have absorbed.

    So, I’m going to try and concentrate on the good stuff, and my personal goal is to become the best person I can be. Yes, I am who I am today, and I’m okay with that. But! I plan to be better tomorrow!

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