Does Increased Access to Knowledge Satisfy More in the Long Run?

There is a knowledge that we can desire that does turn sorrow to satisfaction.

As we look up to Christ, we are reminded that he is the Wisdom of God that came to us to open our eyes. As Paul writes to the Corinthians, And because of him you are in Christ Jesus, who became to us wisdom from God, righteousness and sanctification and redemption, so that, as it is written, “Let the one who boasts, boast in the Lord.” (1 Cor. 1:30-31). Paul is saying that the wisdom we have is not the degrees that line our walls, nor the completed books we have read, but Jesus Christ himself.

 

History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new.— Ecclesiastes 1:9

We live in a unique time in human history. I am sure everyone has thought that at least once as our world experiences technological advances at a breathtaking rate.

I was born in 1980. Just in my lifetime, I have listened to music on multiple formats (eight-track, record, tape, CD, streaming), I went from using a payphone to now telling my smart phone to call someone. I have gone from searching the Dewey Decimal system at the library to having access to the seemingly omniscient Google search.

More access to knowledge seems to bring with it more lonely people.

Despite how technology has opened up the world in ways I would have never imagined, it has also brought about a seemingly unexplainable sorrow at times. The simplicity of waiting on a letter in the mail. The excitement of opening a CD and reading the lyrics and looking at the pictures. The absence of texting as kids gathered outside to play sports with their actual minds and bodies.

Lately I have wondered what people will say about this specific time in history thirty years from now. Will they laugh at videos of people walking straight into each other because we couldn’t walk down the street while looking at our phones? Will they assess us as a people who were longing for love but shut ourselves off from real people? Will the statistics show that our population severely decreased due to the accessibility of people staying single because we had many lovers at the touch of a button?

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