Getting to the Bottom line.
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“Upon this age, this age endowed with power to wake the moon with footsteps. Upon this fitted age, in its dark hour falls from the sky a meteoric shower of facts, that lie unquestioned, uncombined. Wisdom enough to leech us of our ill is daily spun, but there exists no loom to weave it into fabric.”
Edna St. Vincent Millay
Communication is instant—but divorces context from information (content). We no longer have info scarcity, but info glut. This creates puberty of the mind. We get locked into so much information and the inability to sort that information meaningfully limits our capability to understand. But we are miles from wisdom, the last stage at knowledge, because the internet encourages the opposite of what creates wisdom. On the internet there is no such thing as waiting; there is no such thing as stillness. There is only a constant churning.
David Kinnaman, You Lost Me
Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death
Today, many Americans of all ages not only accept a Christianized version of adolescent narcissism, they often celebrate it as authentic spirituality. God, faith, and the church all exist to help me with my problems.
Christian Smith—National Study of Youth and Religion
Remind us of what’s at stake and where we start in our response
Back to the Future
We are Not the First to Face Incredible Societal Change
A Case Study in Massive Religious Change