What’s the difference?
Why is it important?
Until a few years ago, these conflicting decisions were hardly considered because we were not yet consumed in a virtual cyber world. Back in the day, our conflicts and choices were often resolved from within ourselves (e.g. soul searched). Today, that stage has been compromised, and because of the louder digital intrusions, it is getting increasingly difficult to hear your own voice deep down.
From the beginning, mankind has had the ability to look deep inside to self examine what may ring true or false. Once the availability of digital search engines became prevalent, a new competition was created.
There are endless (POVs) vantage points of how we could pose and contrast this dilemma, but the “practice of writing” demonstrates how simple (an eloquent) this could be. From a writer/author/communicator’s perspective, here are a few soul searching quotes:
“Write from the soul, not from some notion what you think the marketplace wants. The market is fickle; the soul is eternal.”
Jeffrey A. Carver
“There is an eternal
landscape…a geography of the soul; we search for its outlines all our lives.”
“But from there you will seek the Lord your God and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.”
“Whatever satisfies the soul is truth.”
“Put your ear down close to your soul and listen hard.”
“Never sell your soul.”
“The wealth of a soul is measured by how much it can feel; its poverty by how little.”
William R. Alger
“The one thing in the world, of value, is the active soul.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Now, contrast the whisper of these soul searching quotes
with the paradigm shifting volume that has been created in our
oppressive and intrusive digital community:
Data Mining/Artificial Intelligence/Fuzzy Logic/Psycho Graphics
Automatic Capture and Distribution
Endless Research and Archives
Worldwide Exposure and Retrieval
And a zillion more…
ZDT author’s comment:
Another author said that there is a “soul sized vacuum” inside everyone, and we may try to fill that void with just about everything (habits, food/drink, traditions, beliefs, activities, relationships, technology…on and on). But, in the end, that condition will only have one solution (it has to do with eternity). The key here is that the louder the world gets (from cyber to virtual), we should not ignore the most important voice of own our soul searching.
As always…you decide.