It’s the digital age.
We have the internet. We have social media. We have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and LinkedIn.
We are more connected than ever before. We get information at the swipe of a thumb. The answer to nearly everything is at our literal fingertips.
We are arguably less informed and more lost than ever.
We have no idea who to trust. Anyone can say anything, yet people are shadow-banned without even knowing it.
No one knows who or what to believe. The propaganda is more pervasive and effective than possibly any other time in our country’s history.
Our “experts” have largely let us down. Our politicians are corrupt. Our institutions are infested with employees and representatives with ulterior motives.
We’re increasingly isolated – self-confined to our computers, our voices amplified to millions of people who will never know us while silent to our neighbors.
All of these advances in technology were supposed to advance us past any society in the history of the earth, but we’re learning it comes with a pretty hefty cost – humanity itself.
I’ve written about the digitization of humanity, and it seems to accelerate exponentially every second. We don’t travel to work anymore. In fact, many choose not to work at all. We don’t know our neighbors in person. Our kids play video games instead of meeting other kids on a playground.
With all of this information access, we’re more reliant on machines to know and remember anything while we retain less and less information. (How many phone numbers in your phone do you know by heart?)
We’ve amplified all of our voices, and we all have a platform to share what we’re thinking. We have direct access to trusted experts and professionals. Politicians can speak directly to us.
And yet, there is less truth, certainty, and agreement than ever before.