We carry the information revolution with us — integrating it into our social and working lives, storing our innermost thoughts in our digital diaries, monitoring our health with sensors and Bluetooth, replacing our money with digital payments, stashing our boarding passes.
We no longer have to wait for anything — the news is at our fingertips, information about the weather in Tangier a tap away, every pub debate ended with access to the world’s knowledge accessible in a moment.
We demand access to it everywhere — we stand shaking our heads, wondering how people can survive in places with no network connection, where the 4G symbol does not appear on our glowing rectangles.
We have bizarre contracted conversations, ‘I’ve got three bars,’ ‘Three? I’ve only got one. Who’re you on?’
We mutter darkly when the ‘wheel of frustration’ on our screen tells us that our computer is taking more than a millisecond to work something out.
There is absolutely no stopping us. We now desperately need so much that did not even exist a very short time ago…
In these modern degenerate times, cherry blossoms.
That the phrase is ancient reflects much on the constancy of change, and it applies beautifully to what we are experiencing at the moment. The information revolution cannot be reversed, and nor should it be — it is truly a wonder. But it must be realised that amongst all of its changes and upheavals, there are still the cherry blossoms. We need to be reminded of them. We need to have our attention drawn back, we need to realise the the information revolution simply provides us with information and convenience, nothing much more.
It changes the way in which we do things, it makes so much we do so much easier — our lives become more convenient. And it changes the way in which we communicate, the speed with which we communicate — which can both be convenient and troublesome.
But it does not change who we are. We remain fundamentally the way we are, existing in a world full of cherry blossoms.
But how to remind people? How do you get through the cacophony of the modern day, that huge wall of information and communication that surrounds everyone? Why, you build a digital Trojan Horse in the form of a meditation app, and you wheel it right into the centre of the information hubbub. And as the crowd gathers, your start gently to spread the message — the message of the cherry blossoms.
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