Too Much Noise

We are living in the information age. There is too much of it and much of it is irrelevant. I probably know more about the state of Rese Witherspoon’s marriagethan I do about the true state of things for the Canadian troops in Afghanistan. Prevalence of trivial information – celebrity news, sports stories, even the shenanigans of politicians far outweighs anything real and useful.

I was more informed about the chase of OJ Simson than I was about the Rwanda massacre. I was more informed about the exploits of President Clinton and the infamous cigar than I am about the continued civil rights violations and Geneva convention violations of the present US administration. We are drowning in misinformation or sheer trivia and miss the big picture.

There has been debate about global warming, but true to our nature we are still arguing if it is due to our own environmental interventions rather than addressing the problem. Species are disappearing at alarming rates. Sea food stocks will collapse in 50 years and yet today’s headlines talked about the UN censure of Iran for nuclear weapons, Myriam Bedard kidnapping her daughter,and the US releasing 46 detainees from Guantanamo. All useful information that I am sure is going to make a huge difference in the way I live.

There are people out there sounding the alarm bells, but the real signal is being lost in noise of trivialities. The first step, is paying attention to the stories that matter. Perhaps we can escape the fate of the Easter Islanders, living with huge stone monuments on an island with no wood. The wood had been felled to transport the huge blocks of stone out of the quarry. Once the forests were gone, the inhabitants of Rapanui fell to slaughtering their livestock and dogs . The oral tradition of the islanders is obsessed with cannibalism.

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2 responses to “Too Much Noise

  1. D'Arcy Norman December 24, 2006 at 4:40 pm

    maybe cannibalism is the answer, after all?

  2. niransab December 25, 2006 at 4:27 am

    Hey the next time you guys are in town, stop by for dinner.

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