I believe that information has the power to change how we act. I think the information age has made it easier than ever before to gather information, to share it, and to act on it. When we act on information, we have to know our values and our principles, and then we can act on that information.
In general, I think that we are able to form strong, independent, and ethical beliefs without ever realizing that they exist. The information age has made it possible to form opinions and to act on them without ever asking ourselves if those opinions are based in truth, or based on an over-zealous desire to do good.
I think this is mostly due to the fact that most of us are self-aware, but we’re still in the information age. It’s a matter of learning to form an opinion when it comes to a topic without having to evaluate how to weigh the pros and cons of the subject. I’ve seen a lot of people who are on the fence about something, but would never think about asking themselves what their values are.
I wish someone had told me this when I was still a kid. How many of us grew up without a clear understanding of a given topic, or without being able to evaluate any of the pros and cons of the topic we were discussing? And in my opinion, this is the most important lesson that anyone should learn from the information age. We are not in a time when we can truly separate what is good from evil. We are in the age of the information age.
The information age has given us many more options for how we spend our time and money. The internet is great for discovering information and sharing it with friends. But it also provides us with a huge trove of information about everything from the moral implications of eating meat to the proper way to clean a toilet.
How do we know when it’s appropriate to share this information with our friends? Well, we don’t know. We don’t even know what a moral decision is exactly. And I’m not talking about some vague “if you’re not doing this, it’s wrong” type of decision. I’m talking about the kind of decision that says you should share information with your friend if it’s a good idea.
I have a friend who is a lawyer and has written that it is wrong to tell a person what they should or should not be doing. And I have another friend who is a photographer and has also said the same thing. When we discuss this we talk about a certain age where it was believed that people could be trusted to make choices freely, and that is no longer true. People have become so stupid that they believe they can make decisions for themselves.
Even if a friend were to tell you to do something, it still doesn’t mean you should do the same thing. Information has always been a power that was abused by people and governments. Information today is a very real and scary thing. The more information that is available, the more people will feel free to share information with each other. This is why you have to be careful about who you share your information with, and what you say to them.
This week I wrote about the ethics for information age, and how the internet has made it easier to share information, as well as how this can lead to sharing more information and a larger amount of information.