|If we digitize music and give
everyone access to a world wide computer network, then we really
shouldn't be surprised when people ignore copyright laws and all music
becomes freely available on the Internet.
If we make it possible for white collar workers to work from home, then we shouldn't be surprised if their "home" is in a far away place... like India.
Technology has a way of changing the rules in ways that leave us scratching our heads. This collections of articles isn't really about looking forward, it's about looking around us and examining in greater details the change which have begin to affect us.
Monopolies of Trust
Toilets, Pews and Passenger Cabins
Understanding lags behind Technology
under the Influence of Change
Learn to Fish
|Truth Pick #050
Computers are useless.
We have a fear of good questions. They hold within them, the power to reshape the world. To hide the value of these questions, we've labeled them to confuse the average viewer. They're called the 'obvious' questions, the 'stupid' questions and even the 'childish' questions. All clearly questions we should never ask.
There are also the hidden questions. The questions we never even think of, and can therefore never ask. These are the gems. These are the world builders.
Answers, especially those that explain and confirm what we think is true, are a refuge. They add nothing to the future and reinforce the past. A truly good question invalidates these ritual answers and forces us to find new responses.
Who, what, where, when and why, especially why, are the tools of wisdom. We're born as masters in their use, and in ageing, lose mastery by degree.
It's said we grow wiser as we grow older...
but only if our questions grow more childlike.
(c) 2004 Peter de Jager
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