Einstein Internet Sugar
One of the best things about my home is that it’s one of the last places on earth that doesn’t have sugar or Internet, two addictive substances that are a threat to me. Both are tantalizing. Both are everywhere. Both are cheap if not free.
Sugar, I am convinced, shortens my time on this planet and isn’t worth the trade. The Internet is mostly a bunch of irrelevant information that while I consume, consumes me.
I am addicted to both. I often eat sugar impulsively though the better part of me doesn’t want to. I often check email again and again when I already have plenty.
Sugar I am trying to completely eliminate from my life. The Internet and I must be uneasy allies. For my current station it is a necessity.
What I can do is not have sugar or Internet at home. I can guarantee my body and mind some few hours of rest from the struggle. This means no smartphone either. Trying to avoid the Internet while having a smartphone is like trying to avoid sugar while carrying a pack of m&m’s everywhere.
I was feeling rather alone with these sentiments till I heard a man offer an even more blasphemous warning about the dangers of excess information. Reading too much made the mind lazy, he said, and he wasn’t even referring to websites and blogs but old fashioned newspapers and books!
Imagine that — anti-book! anti-literacy! Who could be such an eccentric, such a heretic?
Einstein felt that the excessive consumption of information threatened one’s own ability to think independently. Were he to visit our modern world and recast this thought, he might question our ability to think much at all.
The information deluge, I think, is affecting consciousness itself. Like when you see people having a conversation that spans thirty subjects but only goes two inches deep; a hyperlinking conversation: it’s like everyone is reading the first two sentences of some wikipedia article and taking the first linked word somewhere else, and repeating.
As for sugar I don’t know what Einstein thought, but I imagine he enjoyed the pleasure of gaining insight into the nature of reality more than dreamy-feeling blood-sugar spikes.
For the Internet I am sure he would have been in awe of its power, accompanied by substantial fear.