How the Enlightenment Ends


From a recent article by Henry Kissinger in The Atlantic.

Users of the internet emphasize retrieving and manipulating information over contextualizing or conceptualizing its meaning. …Information threatens to overwhelm wisdom.

Inundated via social media with the opinions of multitudes, users are diverted from introspection; in truth, many technophiles use the internet to avoid the solitude they dread. All of these pressures weaken the fortitude required to develop and sustain convictions that can be implemented only by traveling a lonely road, which is the essence of creativity.

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