A buddy asked me about writing a book on Confucius for Gen Zs a few days ago. I didn’t ask why Gen Zs alone when everyone across all age groups could use some Confucianism in these times of absolute chaos, but I gave him some practical advice: cut it down and make it bitesize. I said that because of the subject’s profundity, my friend’s intellect, and no one has time or desire to digest large amounts of knowledge anymore.
Fast knowledge and results are needed. Five habits to keep or drop; 7 interesting tips; 8 best methods; 10 simple ways. The list of quick fixes for every issue makes me skeptical. With advice and answers on a scroll for anything from complicated pregnancies to losing weight to making a windfall gain to handling toxic individuals, life is a breeze! Since support is at hand, we shouldn’t complain about life’s complexity and stubbornness. Call and find solutions to fix everything.
I’d like to celebrate the Internet’s transformation into a digital philosopher’s stone that can solve every difficulty in life in a few steps. Still, it dilutes energy and ignores its numerous subtleties. This splits my opinion. I wonder if we should appreciate our deft life interpretations or worry that we’re oversimplifying topics that need more serious consideration and study than what we deliver and receive on the Internet.
The internet world has changed how we share and absorb information but has also warped our perceptions. The shifting dynamics of modern, technology-driven business necessitate generalizing universal problems, yet most of what we get is driven by marketing demands to grab attention. As employees and entrepreneurs, we all have something to sell and must find buyers. We know consumers’ attention spans are diminishing, so we must move quickly to attract their attention. These help us survive.
However, we all face various issues daily and want speedy solutions. Thus, if someone quickly answers all our problems, we accept them without considering the impact on our knowledge and mind space. However, the speed at which instant treatments take over makes me think we should weigh their advantages and cons. When someone offers to teach us something that took them ten years to learn in three minutes, we should stop and consider it.
Are quick fixes and superficial information turning us into suckers? How much and seriously should we absorb online content? Is the Internet’s cornucopia of knowledge overloading our brains? Are we learning new things and grasping life concepts?
We are appreciative of content authors who are working overtime to solve our problems. Their “tips and steps” quickly detect issues, solve problems, simplify complex ideas, motivate, and advise. They also stoke our craving for rapid fulfillment. We must see that bonsai problem-solving lacks details and cannot provide enduring answers. They may only be right or apply to some.
We’ll soon take energy pills instead of meals if things continue this way. Avoiding long cooking and eating processes could save time in a busy environment. However, a capsule is not a meal. One satisfies hunger, the other soul and stomach.