Too Much Information

For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.” [Ecclesiastes 18:1 NIV]

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When I read this verse the other day, it made me think. Does our ability to access information from all over the world contribute to the rising rates of depression?

Think about it. Our children worry about the number of people dying in a natural disaster on the other side of the world. The worst of our society is splashed across TV screens in the nightly news. Is there any wonder our sense of hopelessness grows with every passing year?

If we lived two centuries ago, when there were no phones, no mass media, no planes or fast transport, all we would be concerned with is our immediate community for the most part. Sure, fragments of world news might filter through with newspapers and telegrams, but mostly we would live in blissful ignorance of the depravity and tragedy that exists in some places.

And how does all this knowledge benefit us? Perhaps we can give money to support a country devastated by flood or even go there and give aid. Perhaps we can fight some of the atrocities wrought be evil men. On the whole, though, doesn’t it just add to sadness and stress?

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If we go back to the Garden of Eden — God’s one instruction to Adam and Eve was for them NOT to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. We were never meant to know that evil existed. God never wanted us to be hurt by such knowledge. He wanted us to remain innocent.

Whether there is much we can do about this information overload, save removing TVs and internet from our homes, I don’t know, but it is certainly something to think about. Don’t you agree?

Published in: on 11th June, 2012 at 11:45 am  Comments (5)  
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