Happy Freakin’ Friday!
Greetings from O-Town this week, where I’m conducting a leadership training. It’s time again for our chat on a subject that I’m thinking about – and believe you might want to think about as well. And what I’m thinking about now is access to information.
It wasn’t that long ago when the surest gateway to live a prosperous life was access to more and better information. Information was mostly a luxury reserved for only the privileged and wealthy. You can make the argument that the progression of humanity has directly correlated to the ability and ease to acquire more information.
Information opened the window to a whole new world in ways both minor and monumental. Now you can know the dealer’s retail profit on the car model you want to buy before you even go to the lot. We’ve learned that lobotomies and leeches don’t provide healing, egg yolks don’t cause heart attacks, and you don’t catch AIDS from monkeys, homosexuals, and Haitians. In fact, if you choose to, you can access all the information you need to consume a diet that promotes optimal health and wellness. Whether you desire the wisdom of Rumi and Marcus Aurelius, the genius of Lise Meitner and Marie Curie, or the literary gifts of Whitman and Thoreau – they all are instantly accessible at your fingertips.
Decade after decade, as we became able to access more information, we were able to translate that into a better standard of living. Until we no longer could.
We’ve now reached the point of diminishing returns. Our access to so much information has become a limiting check on the growth of humanity. I’ll posit that is happening for two reasons:
- What most people desperately need more of right now, is freedom from information. Sleeping with your phone next to your bed stand is today’s equivalent of volunteering for a lobotomy. What you probably need right now is more stillness. Less scrolling time and more thinking time; time spent in meditation, wonder, and calm reflection.
- Most people are managing their information diet the same way a six-year-old would buy the weekly groceries. The child won’t spend any time in the fruit and vegetable section, but will dash to the aisles with the Coco Puffs, ice cream, and candy. How many people today are savoring Rumi poetry versus the latest Tik-Tok dance craze? Reading Walt Whitman versus Elon’s latest shitpost? Learning how flowers are pollenated versus salivating over listicles like the 10 greatest NFL draft busts of all time, 21 celebrities who’ve grown into horrible looking creatures, or 25 heart-breaking deaths while taking selfies? (All actual articles btw.)
Life-enhancing, enlightening, and prosperous information is still out there. We’re just ignoring most of it because we’ve become mindless puppets to computer algorithms, mind viruses, and the need to feel busy all the time. To become more prosperous requires the self-discipline to be mindful of the quality of information you allow into your life, and knowing when you need stillness instead.
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You are absolutely right. I closed my first deal in real estate in St.Petersburg, Russia in the 1992. I prepared this desl for 1 year and was nervous about my ability as a professional real estate expert. My manager was bad talking mouth shit absolutely unprofessinal mediocre creature ..useless...I felt pressure and strain as I battled greedy buyers alone. I won...alone...my commissions were 8000 us dollars. I felt super potent, power charged, and wishing for more...All alone...Now I see ...loneliness is the fate of the Talent and genius.
Thank You, Mr. Cage!
Your follower from Russia for more than 7 years:)).
Spot on Randy!
Meditation has become a very important part of my life.