Technology is a wonderful thing. It has lead to countless advances in society, medically, scientifically, etc.
But with the good, comes debilitating, life harming consequences, even… paralysis.
I’m not talking about the literal, physical paralysis of the body. I’m talking about paralysis of the mind. In a previous post, There’s a Plague Among Us, I talked about the harms of Social Media. Take a look at that and the side effects social media has on our lives.
Technology has given us so many great things. There is so much we can learn and it’s right at our fingertips, infinite knowledge. We as a society are connected more than ever to other cultures, events and knowledge than ever before. Which is an amazing thing to really think about. It seems as if technology is exponentially advancing, while we on the other hand, don’t seem to be moving as quickly.
Putting aside the Netflix binging, YouTube worm holes and Social Media platforms that completely wreck our productivity. It’s the vast amounts of information and knowledge that is hurting us. There is SO much information out there about every topic imaginable. So much in fact that instead of helping us propel ourselves forward, it is causing us to become paralyzed. We read so much information, get all kinds of “expert” advice, gain so much knowledge that we bury ourselves under a mountain of it, not knowing what move to make. We spend so much time researching topics and becoming “experts” on the subjects ourselves that we don’t take any real action. (side note: check out The Expert Apocalypse)
We can gain knowledge, read all the “expert” advice but, what does that really get us? Nowhere. We just cluttered up our minds with a bunch of useless information. The reason it’s useless is because we’re not putting any of it to use. We’re sitting on it, reading more and more about it… we fool ourselves into believing we are “experts”, that we’re gaining something out of it. When, in reality we aren’t getting anywhere. We need to realize when it’s enough, what our threshold is, when we’ve become paralyzed by the thing that is suppose to help us.
Knowing is not enough! You must take action. – Tony Robbins
Enough is enough. Take action.