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Looking ahead, seeing behind

Stuck in the moment, nostalgic for the past.

How do people run life at a dizzying pace while also wanting society to replicate the 1950s? Technology facilitates progress yet turns back the clock on thinking.

Mobile phones allow anyone with a social account to amplify misinformation and weaken the willpower to do good. Even the inactive can recharge into fully blown acolytes overnight.

Reality TV spread from the television set to the smartphone with astonishing rapidity, all the while replicating the same foolishness.

Social media turns amateurs into professionals, laymen into experts. Evil spreads by way of stupidity, invading human brains the way viruses enter human bodies.

Instead, what we need are more ideas that redirect the running memes in our head and compel us to emerge from our cocoons. The bubble has already popped.

The world we inhabit is the one we think we make.

Like science, it is worth questioning everything that tries to demand certainty. Stuck in a state of ripeness, we are always opening up without ever falling behind.

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By Wells Baum

Wells Baum is a daily blogger who writes about Life & Arts. He's also the author of Discvr.blog and four books.