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Compulsiveness, the old enemy within

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It is worth putting up a fight in defence of technology as a liberating force. Various Cassandras are prophesying a future of lives lost to non-flicker screens (before the pixel revolution, the flickering was an aggravating circumstance).

With implacable periodicity, a study will unveil to the world cases of 'digital addiction', with most unfortunate consequences. Suddenly, going back to scratching beautiful drawings on cave walls  is desirable pastime and sending messages by word of mouth looks like a sane solution.

Some say that technology is a ferocious creature that eats up its children, like ancient Cronus. Mythological allegories are always useful for doomsday scenarios.

What if Cronus is actually eaten by its children? Not all of them, just those that would eat too much whatever is put in front of them.

I was inspired to turn the allegory upside down by a videoclip with Sadhguru. He makes a very insightful comment about the times we live in, the benefits of technology …

Two legs good. Is it ?

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No words. No, it's not cheat day on daily blog posting.

The advantages of a classical education

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As an armchair philosopher, quotes attract me. I devour them wherever I come across anything that looks like being a quote (such are the advantages of multiple digital channels), I automatically memorise them and even worse, I use them in otherwise normal conversations.

I never tried to go any deeper into the mystery of having such a fantastic memory when it comes to famous quotes, while the same brain does not seem to care about house keys or mobile.
Can it be a case of acquiring "fast wisdom", in an age of ads that promote "faster fast food"? Reading a whole book is is a slow experience, and wisdom, if any at all, comes in dribs and drabs. The reader is told lots of metaphors or small facts, goes through the maze of literary infrastructure and at some point, if paying enough attention, stumbles upon the memorable phrase.
Take John Milton, for instance. How many people can say in all honesty that they have read each and every page of 'Paradise Lost'? Stil…