121 – Information

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I like walking on the beach as it is good for the body, mind, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

The water is vast as far as the eyes can see. From the shallowest depths where the waters begin their retreat from the shore to the deepest of the deep – the depths of the vast waters are not uniform.

These waters contain much information about things we know; such as the living creatures and their interactions with each other and with the materials comprising the floor plus the waters above. The shipwrecks lying on the seafloor tell a story about the human life of days gone by.

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The vast waters remain a source of the unknown – animals not seen, treasures not found, and more.

The vast water is also the home to tales and fables. Those encounters with serpents and mermaids – home of the gods and more – all spun from human imagination or ancient beliefs, some of which live on today. Perhaps some of us dream of walking the streets of Atlantis.

The vast water is an analogy for another seemingly endless landscape – the sea of information – facts and knowledge about something or somebody obtained through study – the known facts, data, details, records, documentation, the scoop, and the lowdown.

The vast water also represents a connection in our daily lives – the Web – the internet. Just as the water brings information to the shores for each of us to see, the internet brings knowledge to our fingertips for quick retrieval. Some of us remember the internet’s early days when it was simply an electronic extension of a library.

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The amount of records available on the internet today is mind-boggling. Whether public, corporate, or personal, governance of these records continues to be an issue – especially because technology grows faster than governance.

Just like the vast water of the seas, the internet contains tales and fables in the form of inaccuracies and half-truths. We should not be like an unassuming fish grabbing any fisherman’s hook in their quest for food. People must sort through waves of information as a farmer separates corn from the stalks, and wheat from the chaff. Separating fact from fiction, truth from false, information from opinion is important because the source can contain false, misleading, and biased information.

In today’s world, information is like waves – it keeps coming and coming – nonstop – 24-7-365. Anyone who tries to keep up can’t. Toss in the factor of social media influencing information and thought confuses matters and influences perception. Having a strong view does not mean one is well informed. Accurate information is worth knowing, but does anyone value it?

As I walk, my mind suddenly shifts back to the vastness of the sea with its waves rolling ashore and across my feet. Unlike the internet, these waters remain a source for the unknown – the yet-to-be-discovered life forms – the yet-to-be-found treasures – the unknown that will be tomorrow’s known so it can have a place on the sea of information.

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I think about new information coming from space satellites and programs. I think about DNA because scientists first explained its structure in the year I was born. The amount of genetic information within each one of us is mind-boggling. Today we know so much about information lying in the sequenced triplet nucleotides. Oh, how the information about DNA has grown in my lifetime.

The waves of information – the good and bad – the true, the false, and the misleading – all co-mingling and coming ashore to splash my feet as I walk on the sand. I still believe that knowledge is power, but I am concerned about what the powerful do with the information. At least for me, these thoughts have been an interesting analogy. After all, I like walking on the beach because it is good for the mind, body, and soul – and refreshing on my feet.

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74 thoughts on “121 – Information”

  1. Thanks for the ping, Kevin.
    You are right, information is knowledge and knowledge is power. The power can be yielded for good or evil and must be carefully managed and analysed.
    Walking along the edge of the water, the beach, is such a calming activity, the rhythmic sounds soothing for the nerves.
    I will check out the other pingbacks.

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    1. Amanda,
      I thnk about the body of knowledge being everything that humanity knows at a given time. Everything – which also means know so little AND I have much to learn. However, I also ponder the difference between ignorance and stupidity. To me, ignorance is not knowing, which is fixable – but stupidity is ignoring or denying the known – well – and that’s a problem – especially in today’s age of misinformation. I want to scream!!!! Nonetheless, walking at the water’s edge is calming while providing a good opportunity for thinking. Thanks for post about information – but one thing – I’m Frank.

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  2. I like how you compare the waters with the flow of information, Frank, and how it all gets mixed up and swished about before reaching us. I also like how you mention the early days of the internet being like an extension of a library… today it seems to be one big advert! Nevertheless, the flow of information we find on it, however swirled together it may be, is still a source of entertainment, and at times wonder.

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        1. Yes, I believe information, and more so, knowledge, is critical to survival and even more so, to thriving. Would the question of someone surviving on complete ignorance would be analogous to someone surviving without any water? 🙃

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    1. Tom,
      Glad you enjoyed my analogy linking water and information. More than ever, we live in a sea of information that is right there – making it hard to avoid. Maybe that’s one of the reasons I like going on a cruise as I turn off my phone and don’t have a laptop. On the other hand, I do enjoy using the information that is available!

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  3. Water cleanses too…of the overload of all the stuff in the info world…aka: TMI!
    Sometimes I wish we didn’t live in the age of information, it seems to be overwhelming and intrusive at times , yet, I love that we have such easy and fast access to it…what a conundrum!
    And of course now as in ancient times,Water is important in religion…as in baptism – another cleansing.

    Hubby has HUDOR on his license plate which means water in ancient Greek.

    Thanks for yet another interesting and thought provoking post. I missed you at ‘Teaser Class’ Tuesday!

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    1. Ingrid,
      Good point about the conundrum of the information age! I imagine many people feel the same way. Yesterday morning was a busy one – but I returned this morning to see the winners. Good submission, which I wouldn’t have gotten. I may have won First Wrong Answer!

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  4. You hit on it, Cincy.

    More information is available to us than ever before. Served up twenty-four seven and yet, this feast has proven to be a famine when it comes to value. Because the sheer volume of information has resulted in a great deal of fictionalized narratives being spewed from every direction.

    The easier we made it, the harder it became to find the truths.

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  5. Good morning, Frank! I’m glad your situation seems to be calming down a bit.
    Wonderful analogy! That sea of information is constant–although I suppose unlike the sea, it could be stopped.
    It is also amazing that new discoveries are still being made about the sea, the universe–the macro world and the micro–even as misinformation spreads faster and faster.
    I’m re-watching the show The Gilmore Girls, and it’s fun to see how in the series, they are just beginning to use the Internet.

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    1. Merril,
      Thanks for the thoughts and kind words. Is it interesting how there is so much information available – old and new – and so many people concentrate on providing or promoting bad information. Then again, I imagine falsehoods have been part of life for a long time, but much more noticed today because of technology. Oh, we have to laugh at the reactions of the early internet days.

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  6. Thanks for a great post, Frank, and for several important messages. In my opinion, the most important though you shared should be taken as a warning, “technology grows faster than governance…”

    We do not consider the ramifications of that concept, nearly as much as we should.

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  7. Glad to read things are improving for you! Funny how information is vital but at the same time we can have information overload. Still, onward we go, ever seeking more and more information. As we must.

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  8. As much as I love having information at my fingertips Frank, like you I worry about the amount of mis-information out there and the use of the platform for spreading lies and fostering anger. I’m not sure what the answer to the dichotomy is, but for the most part I think the good outweighs the bad. After all, we’d never have encountered all of our blogging friends (present company included!) if not for the wonders of technology!

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    1. Tina,
      “Dichotomy” is a good word for the informational dilemma. I think of it as a double-edged sword, therefore no answer t- o the problem. Many of us know the difference between reliable and unreliable sources. However, a good number of people give credibility to the unreliable. After all, have someone tell you want you want to hear that means you are in good shape. Nonetheless, I’m with you – overall plus marks for the internet.

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  9. Love the analogy. It seems we are saturated with information in this age of the internet. But, as with all things, using caution with consumption is always a good idea. Keeping that critical thinking cap on is key. Good post Frank.

    Pat

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    1. Jazzy,
      Glad you enjoyed the analogy. I guess I use my share of beach analogies. Cautious consumption is a good thing in this day and age. Unfortunately, too many people favor consuming what they what to hear as opposed to the truth. Oh well … thanks for visiting and the kind words.

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  10. I’m with you on the “knowledge is power,” Frank. But a little bit of knowledge can be a dangerous thing in the wrong hands. And as fast as things are spinning right now, we have yet to catch up on the moral issues some of this knowledge has brought up. Still, it was fun walking on the beach with you this morning!

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    1. Debbie,
      I agree that knowledge is power, and like any power, having it in the wrong hands is not a good thing. One of the things that gets me about knowledge is how people generalize the statement so much that it actually is a miss interpretation of the point. I like to say, the more we generalize, the further we get from the truth. And coupling generalizations and power is not a good thing. Thanks for walking along and sharing.

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  11. A thought-provoking post. And here’s what you provoked… The ocean is like a mirror to the human condition. We have those who are shallow and those people who are deep. There are people with much to hide and others who are dangerous. We interact with so many others and by the interaction can cause harm or be a benefit. It would be very difficult to live without other people just as water molecules could not live alone. I always look forward to these jaunts on the beach.

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  12. Yes, all that information, coming and coming.
    It is daunting and haunting. It’s crazy what info some pick up on, and what they do with it. Even history gets rewritten.
    Frank, this post is kind of scary, like the depths of the ocean.
    Enough to drive a person to have a glass of wine before 5.
    Cheers!

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    1. Resa,
      I’m with you – there is something daunting about the continual flow of information. It is big and also scary. Failing to recognize and learn from history is one thing, but rewriting is another matter. Absolute craziness … and all to fit the narrative that fits themselves. Time for a drink! Cheers …. clink!

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  13. what a wonderful post Frank. I always value your views and your rhythmic writing and insight, thank you.
    💖💖🙏
    This is so true and exhausting at times. : ” information is like waves – it keeps coming and coming – nonstop – 24-7-365. Anyone who tries to keep up can’t. Toss in the factor of social media influencing information and thought confuses matters and influences perception. Having a strong view does not mean one is well informed. Accurate information is worth knowing, but does anyone value it?”

    And these words ring so true with concerns of all of ours or should be now… “I still believe that knowledge is power, but I am concerned about what the powerful do with the information.”
    💖🌻🙏

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    1. Cindy,
      Thanks for the kind words about this walk and my writing style. I want a rhythm with these walks – and one that I try to maintain both within a walk and from walk to walk. Yes – information can be overwhelming and frustrating. I agree that not only knowledge is power, but that knowledge in the wrong hands can be a bad thing – especially in the world of misinformation – as evident in these crazy times.

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  14. Information is both useful and detrimental, yet I love the way you talk about the more simple ways information enters our lives and benefits us as opposed to deliberately consuming information we may not need! 🙂

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    1. Jaya,
      Thank you for the kind words. I don’t think about our senses are constantly gathering information. Just think – everything that we see in a given day as information we took in … and then how we use it is another matter. Now add up all the information from all the senses. Crazy stuff to imagine!!! …. let alone all the nonsense that makes its way to us. Yikes! Thanks for walking along and sharing

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    1. Murisopsis,
      In today’s world, even legit information can come in a tidal wave – and yes – knocks us down and we feel overwhelmed. Having information is one thing, but knowing what it means is an aspect of knowledge – and knowing what to do with it is wisdom. How’s that for off the tip of my tongue? 😉

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  15. This seems very relevant to the sad situation in our world today, Frank, where an entire nation are fed misinformation to keep them onside. I’m glad if your personal troubles are becoming more manageable.

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    1. Jo,
      There are many examples of using of misinformation – especially in politics. But the way an entire nation is being fed at the moment is much worse. It obviously works – well, at least for the moment. Meanwhile, thanks for your concern. Hopefully we can continue to move forward.

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  16. I suppose the information highway comes in many forms, Frank. I’m a skeptic by nature, so I don’t grab any food off any hook 😉 The internet is vast and confusing. My local TV news channel does a daily “verify” post to double check a trending feature. The media can be ridiculous in its quest for sharing and building followers. Hope all is well with you. I’m heading for a short blog break as we take a few days camping trip!

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    1. Terri,
      Cheers to your wisdom. Yes – the media chases viewers, followers, etc – after all, it is a business. Then again, their willingness to step into the abyss of misleading is scary. I also exercise caution. I just came off of break – and only posted once a week last week and this week with hopes of returning to twice a week next week. Thanks for stopping by before taking your break.

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  17. Great post, Frank! 🙂 Information is wonderful! I love the internet. Now if we could just get rid of the disinformation, hate speech, identity thieves, fraudsters, and spammers…it would be a utopia! But I am sure that is too much to ask!

    As for DNA, I hope health insurers never get to use it to determine premiums, and racists can never use it to exclude people. I hope it remains private.

    Hope your life becomes less hectic and more enjoyable. ❤ ❤ ❤

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    1. Cheryl,
      Thank you for your kind and encouraging thoughts. The internet is wonderful – so I guess it comes down to how a person uses it. DNA is a huge bank of information – and its use by insurance companies is an interesting thought that is very debatable. Then again, we have people voluntarily placing the DNA in the data bank. Just a thought. One thing is for sure – information creates new dilemmas. Thanks for sharing intriguing thoughts. …. PS: Thanks for the encouraging thoughts. Personal life is a bit hectic at the moment, but it seems to be improving.

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  18. I was wondering where the water-internet segue was going to go but it worked perfectly. I often feel that there’s an ocean of information as well as an ocean of mis-information. Wikipedia can be edited by anyone who knows how, which is not really a way to get me to think it’s reliable information.

    I have an ocean/treasure-related story. We invested in a man who was a sunken treasure hunter, which people thought was kind of crazy. What was crazy was that he did discover the treasure…and then took off with it to South American or some such place! We lost our money (thankfully not too much) but gained a good story. 🙂

    janet

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    1. Janet,
      What an oh-wow story. Many thanks for sharing! Yes – thankfully not much of a financial loss. Unfortunately, the world has its share of scam artists. Meanwhile – glad the water-information link worked. My walks often start with a metaphor – and some are better than others. Dealing with the ocean of information definitely requires wisdom. Thanks for walking along.

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  19. A “bottomless” subject really…..information hits us from every angle and using all our senses. No wonder we sometimes feel like our brains are “full”……LOL We’re surrounded by information but some of it is our choice to pursue/explore….other things like the daily news are in our face and we can’t escape it. The adjective “overwhelming” comes to mind. Still, there are more quiet forms of receiving information like looking at the sky for the weather rather than the often wrong weatherman! Information is necessary – but we can choose to take it in small doses.

    Pam

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    1. Pam,
      Bottomless, endless, full, and overwhelming are good adjectives for information. Even when one tries to escape it, it seems to have a way of finding us. On the other hand, I’m one who enjoys researching. Then again, I have to do a lot of shifting. Thanks for walking along this morning!

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  20. I think you chose well to match the sea with information. Both are endless. And I wonder, when they created the Internet and all that sharing of information if they could come close to imagining just what that entailed. So much information; so much misinformation; so many things to wade through in search for the truth.
    Interesting post, this.

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    1. Dale,
      Glad you enjoyed this walk. Good question about thoughts around creating the internet and those initial thoughts. I wonder how those thoughts match up with reality today. Bottom line – I have no clue. Meanwhile, at least those who are willing to wade through seemingly endless information are at least trying to get to the truth.

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      1. There is that. I never take anything at face value, especially now. If a story grabs my interest, off I go to see more than one source… It is exhausting to not be able to trust what we read or hear!!

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  21. There is so much information out there. In the “old” days we all listened to the same sources and thought in the same ways. Now, we’re all listening to different sources and many of us can’t even believe in common perceptions. I don’t know where this wave will go next, but it’s much more comforting to contemplate the sea with its comings and goings.

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    1. Kathy,
      No question that wading through information is much different today than many years ago, Today’s access is so much better – but we must sift through mounds of misinformation. To add to the difficulty, not only are the news sources more biased and favor a certain point of view, the people receiving the information are more selective and pick a news source that favors their view of the world. Oh boy – for me, that’s a huge dilemma. Thanks for walking along and chiming in.

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  22. The sea, or any large body of water, for me is an analogy for the subconscious. Scientists now have shown that the brain processes thoughts at least 1/2 sec before we are conscious of thinking them. One wonders what information is locked into our brains, inaccessible to our consciousness.
    Just a thought 🙂

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  23. As you write about the early days of the Internet I recall the time I was taking a university history class sometime around 1990. The professor began talking about how we were entering the “information age,” and I think that 75% of what he was talking about made little sense to me. He began to describe all the ways the Internet was going to change our lives and I frankly couldn’t conceive of it. I think at the time I was still typing my term papers on a typewriter! Little did I know!

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