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Does the Internet promote global consciousness or does it aggravate the existing discord?


It is my belief that cyberspace (our parallel reality) does indeed have the potential to liberate  and enlighten mankind. On the same token, I also believe that  the digital sea of pseudo truths from all religions, sects, texts, and teachers which await one's consideration can lead less self-assured individuals to dilettantism, delusion, and confusion. Yet, even  if one is lead to the dark side for a while, the learning process can construe new paradigms for self transformation. The Internet does give individuals like myself the opportunity to grow in awareness of the value of my convictions as well as others' convictions. In the 15 yrs I have been online, I've learned so much about politics, alternative lifestyles, religion, atheism, paganism, new scientific discoveries, and about the dynamics of social communities that I wouldn't otherwise learn in the real world for lack of opportunity.


Even the most vitriolic of debates have become for me a great source of knowledge. I find that in anger, people tend to reveal truths about themselves and their worldviews that they wouldn't otherwise show in convivial  discourses. (Note: I am not promoting vitriolic of debates.  lol)


I wonder sometimes if the Internet is potentially the best means we may ever have for conveying wisdom and knowledge to everybody. With instant accessibility and multiple viewpoints one is no longer limited to someone else's idea of what you should know or believe.

Tags: Internet-global conciousness or discord

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Yes, you can learn a lot about another person when they reveal themselves through anger.
The hypocrite's crime is that he bears false witness against himself. What makes it so plausible to assume that hypocrisy is the vice of vices is that integrity can indeed exist under the cover of all other vices except this one. Only crime and the criminal, it is true, confront us with the perplexity of radical evil; but only the hypocrite is really rotten to the core. ~Hannah Arendt, On Revolution, 1963

The hypocrite's crime is that he bears false witness against himself.


Could it possible that certain hypocrites are delusional and are unable to perceive their thoughts as a crime. I am thinking of relatives and political and religious extremists when I say this.








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