Written by John Muthukattil, Author on Ecology and Humanities, from Kottayam, Kerala, India
In the present world, almost 99% humans, including our leaders, are living by depending on second-hand knowledge, unlike in the past when almost 99% humans were living by depending on first-hand or their own natural live knowledge for almost 99% of the millions years of human existence on planet Earth. This second-hand knowledge is indeed the degenerated form of knowledge — today we call it information – which we get through the mechanization of certain past arrested knowledge or opinion that are largely framed under the influence of some vested interest. That is why today and every day, almost 99% humans are in front of the screen for a few hours, be it before TV at home, hoardings/signposts everywhere outside the home or looking at the Smartphone screen while travelling. An average post-modern adult is found to spend about 6.4 hours per day looking at screens, generally in the case of the younger generation. No wonder, market has succeeded in perpetually keeping almost 99% humans on a consumerist, festive mood by commercializing almost 99% of human activities like religion, politics, media, education, agriculture, science, arts, crafts, entertainment, sports, and so on, or events like birth, death, success, failure, right, wrong and the like— to the extent that today market is sensationalizing even catastrophic crises, including the impending extinction of the human species – to sell its products and ideas. Here who has got the time to take his time! If it is not collective stupidity, at its vituperative best, what else it is?