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Author Topic: The internet and spiritual development?  (Read 3302 times)
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« Reply #1: July 17, 2008, 04:41:54 am »

Do you think that the internet aids or hinders spiritual development?  Is it a little bit of both, or does it do neither?

Also in what ways, or basically why do you think this?

And last, I will point out that I am asking this question from two ends.  On the individual level, as well as on the worldwide level.  (Basically how does this relate to an individual person, and how does this relate to humanity as a whole).  Feel free to answer either or both (just please let us know which you are referring to, to avoid confusion.)

My answer for individuals is that it varies depending on the individual.  Some are helped as it opens new possibilities, and clears the way for otherwise inaccessible information.
Others are hindered by this very idea, they want to learn everything all at once and barely manage to glean anything from what they find (sometimes this is just a phase, as it was for me, I still wish I could learn everything, but now know that it is impossible, One would have to have godly intelligence in order to do so).  Some are hindered by the fact that they cannot get past their own preconceived notions of how things should be that they ignore anything that contradicts it, or even go so far as to say that anything that doesn't agree with them is absolutely wrong/evil/stupid/etc. (this too can be a phase).

As for humanity in general, I think it has helped.  The more information becomes widely available, and the more that information is shared, the more we can determine what the truth is.  In the discussion that spawned this thread (I will try to find it again, I'm just not capable of thinking of more than one thing at a time at the moment), someone brought up the idea that various people have parts of the truth, but that no one yet has the whole thing down pat.  I feel that with the accessibility of information will come the ability of human as a whole to put those bits and pieces together, and eventually have that "Aha!" moment, where we discover the full truth. 

Although, there may be a point at which the gods, or whatever forces are at work in the universe decide we know too much that they don't want us to know, and decide that the whole Armaggedon thing is a good idea after all. Tongue  Heh, then again, why make the information available if they didn't want us to eventually figure it all out in the first place?  I think, too, that we are meant to get it in the end.  I think that as we evolve physically and mentally, we are also supposed to be (and are) evolving spiritually.  It may take thousands of years before we can actually come together and agree as a whole race (humanity) on what the truth is.  I have no clue what we will do with that information, nor what will be done with us once we gain it, nor have I really thought too much on that particular idea.

Anyway, I think my thoughts are starting to ramble a bit, so I'm going to bed, just something for yall to think about.

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