Has The Internet Made Us Less Intelligent?

‘Has the Internet made us less intelligent?’

People have probably written endless blogs about this subject but I felt compelled to do so
as well. After seeing a majority of the stuff that most people seem to be interested in,
something was telling me to write about it, to give my opinion on it all.

Just think about this for a minute, the internet is a global network that allows us
access to information instantaneously for free. So we can learn about anything, nearly
anywhere in the world, at anytime. You could use this time to learn new skills, to improve
your knowledge of history, you could read amazing books and articles about fascinating discoveries in the world or incredible places to visit. We could use everyday to nurture our minds, to grow and to continue to learn.

Whilst I’m not saying that everyone does this, I am generalising in my next point. People seem to be uninterested in all of that for the most part. Instead people seem to read posts with ”pictures of people after they’ve just had sex”, or a ”complete top ten of your favourite hollywood celebrities that you didn’t know were secretly gay”, or perhaps everyone would like to understand more about ”65 times people had a new job and totally messed it up”, sure it might be mildly entertaining or funny but why is it that people seem to spend most of their time reading that sort of thing, compared with learning more about why we are here and what our purpose is?

I’d be a hypocrite if I said I didn’t like simplicity and hilarious articles that you find online, however, I do not spend all my time looking at them, and it really confuses me why people do.I will sound old saying this haha, but I remember when computers were essentially just typewriters with a screen. So to have come this far is absolutely incredible in such a short space of time. But we are capable of literally  anything, yet we hold ourselves back so much and essentially refuse to learn. Or perhaps we are disinterested.

At one point it occurred to me that maybe we just lack imagination, I mean I remember the first time I used google.I had no idea what to search, I needed to know what I wanted first, otherwise there was nowhere to start. And perhaps that’s the key, we need to know what we want to learn, what we each want to find out. But we need to strive for more, and understand that we are more than these little insignificant lives that we lead. Money, religion, power are all just distractions from the truth. It’s like that famous expression ”The truth shall set you free”.

Sorry, I guess this blog post did take on a somewhat more philosophical viewpoint.
Putting that aside for a minute, I guess I’m just saying that we should really utilise the internet to its full capacity, because it’s pretty much neverending in terms of its capacity and with regards to the amount of information it is constantly being updated with. Our focus should be more on learning, and not simply using it for our amusement.

Remember that we existed a long time before the invention of the internet, so let’s try to regain our intelligence. Let’s actually grow, and not simply exist.

– Christian Reeve

The Power Of Kindness

The Power Of Kindness

I took my girlfriend to London for Valentine’s Day and whilst there I began to ponder something about the universe and the power of kindness.

We were in a Chinese restaurant having some food and drinks, it was really nice, seriously if you happen to be in Leicester Square anytime soon, go to a Chinese restaurant In Chinatown, they’re so good!

At the end of the meal I tipped the staff for our meal and my girlfriend remarked that it was very generous, perhaps a little too generous. I didn’t think anything of it, perhaps it was too much, and perhaps it wasn’t. I’ve worked in restaurants before, people need the support, its tough work and it’s always nice to help people out if you can. Especially if you’re in the USA, seriously you have to tip waiters and waitresses out there, I couldn’t believe how little they earnt while I was out there.

Later on we bought some bits from a local store in Trafalgar Square and before we went in I noticed a homeless man sitting on a ledge just outside the store. He looked freezing and was trying to roll a cigarette but was shaking whilst doing so. When we left I grabbed all the change I had (around £2-3 I think) and approached him. I said hey and gave him the money, shook his hand and said goodbye. Again, I didn’t think anything of it, I could help him so I did. It feels good to help people, so people should always do it, because it’s so much nicer to make others feel good and good about themselves, it’s so much more rewarding than doing it solely for yourself.

Anyway, back to the point. As we started to head back home we decided to grab a hot chocolate and wait for our train and just sit and talk. Whilst I was ordering our drinks the gentleman who was serving us just turned around and said ‘’Hey, don’t worry about it, these are on the house’’. Neither of us could believe it, I was stunned. I asked him ‘’Are you sure?’’ and he said ‘Yes of course, I get to do this sometimes and I would like to’. I kept saying thank you and we went to sit down and enjoy the drinks. I didn’t get the gentleman’s name unfortunately, but I know that he is a manager at this Preta coffee shop in London Waterloo station. He had short brown hair and short beard. So if you see him, say hi!

In my mind, I wondered if all of these things were connected. Maybe the fact that I put good, positive action into the universe meant that it was returned to me? , I would say it was just coincidence, but I don’t believe in that. Everything happens for a reason. I guess what I’m saying is that it’s good to spread kindness, no matter how small or insignificant an act might seem, it might mean the world to the person receiving it.

Never underestimate the power of kindness. It doesn’t take much, but what it gives is truly something special. Kindness provides people with hope, with faith in themselves and in their own lives. If you are spread kindness, even if just momentarily, you are allowing your heart to truly open and for your soul to reach out.

Think back to a time when you felt low, and someone came by and did something for you, or did something to help you. How did it make you feel? , what did it make you think?

It’s always inspired me. Complete actions of selflessness, kindness for the sake of kindness is so innocent and pure, something that can’t be tainted or controlled, that cannot be poisoned or manipulated. It’s either there, or it isn’t. Truthfully, I believe everyone is capable of spreading kindness, no matter who they are, what they think or what they believe. Somewhere in their soul exists a part that is simply waiting to come out, and that part is kindness.

Whenever I spread kindness, it makes me feel good, of course it makes me feel good! and there’s nothing wrong with feeling good when you help someone. The important thing is to remember why you’re doing it, and not to do it for the wrong reasons. Remember that every time you spread kindness, you invite it into your life and into your heart. And when a time comes where you need help and you wish for it, it will come.

– Christian Reeve