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Information: Our Nation’s Addiction

The internet, facebook, smoking, drinking, T.V., you name it. Our nation is addicted. It is human nature to be addicted. Do we choose our addictions or do they choose us? Is it in our genes? Who knows? But the fact that we are a nation of addicts remains. National addiction to war. National addiction to the soap operas of other people’s lives. National addiction to the tragedies of the day we find on the 10:00 news. When does it become an addiction? Today we face as a nation, the ever growing reality of technological over-stimulation. With the bombardment of information inherent in the invention of the internet, the nation has become dependent on, what else, information. But that is human nature right? Even biblical nature. Eve ate from the tree of knowledge, and ever since, mankind has been hungry for more. We, as a nation, cannot get enough information! It runs our lives! Since we now have worlds of information at our fingertips, we have come up with even more questions.

Of all the things to be dependent on, information seems to be one of the better ones. Our national addiction to technological overstimulation may be making us evolve more quickly, or it may just be giving us tumors. Only time will tell. But in the meantime the world is definitely getting more and more interesting. But because this bombardment of information is still new in human history, it is at its age of infancy and we are still learning how to harness it wisely. We have a long long way to go before we are able to harness all of this information and use it to create world peace and harmony. But little pockets of goodness are beginning to pop up. It’s now more convenient than ever to spread the word about problems that we face such as global warming, poverty, addiction. People are able to find out where to get help for problems when they need it. We are learning and adapting and beginning to control our national addiction. And someday it may stop being our addiction and just be used more as a tool. Or not.

Our nation’s less positive addiction is that addiction to oil and fossil fuels, which needs to change soon. The earth and human kind are both tired and dry due to this addiction. We must, as a nation, come together to create alternative and efficient fuel systems. Once we break our addiction to oil we will have less war, a cleaner earth, more air to breathe, and we will be able to enjoy our more entertaining national addiction to information much longer, due to our years on this earth being extended. Oil has to be one of the most negative national addictions we can have. It sucks the life out of the earth, it’s messy, it’s toxic, it causes war, greed and corruption. The only thing good about it is that it let’s us drive to mama’s house. Other than that, it sucks. Let’s come up with an alternative. Something that will help our garden grow and create jobs. Come on people! Let’s put together a twelve step for that one.

I appreciate you for allowing me to rant. I hope this brought you some small amount of entertainment you.

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