Tuesday, June 05, 2018

Improving the Conversation

The printing press was invented in 1440. The telephone in 1876. Radio, 1895. Television, 1927. The World Wide Web, in 1990. Social Media somewhere in the late 90s. Socrates didn't like writing because he thought it would make people lazy. They wouldn't sit with things. Chew them. Remember them. Knowledge was patiently built up through conversation. Today, there is too much for us to ever understand. We are overwhelmed with the knowledge we mostly hold temporarily. Trusting we can access what we need, when we need it. A skill we collectively need to get better at is sitting with ideas. Sitting with each other. Pausing. Somewhere in the madness, we may already have the thing we are anxiously pursuing.

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