Are we losing the ability to learn and think deeply? Jeff explores this question and points out the incredible need for people to think, learn, and read more deeply. Jeff also offers an idea to help your family and community think more deeply.
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We need deep thinking, deep reading, and deep meditation to come to know the things of God.
The sheer amount of inconsequential data is staggering. I shared this on one of my Hallow Devotions Show (www.hallow.com/jeffcavins):
In 2018, the total amount of data created, captured, copied, and consumed in the world was 33 zettabytes (ZB) – the equivalent of 33 trillion gigabytes. This grew to 59-ZB in 2020 and is predicted to reach a mind-boggling 175-ZB by 2025. One zettabyte is 8,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 bits. That’s 8 followed by 21 zeros.
To help visualize these numbers, let’s imagine that each bit is 1 coin, which is around 3mm (0.1 inches) thick. One ZB made up of a stack of coins would be 2,550 lightyears. This can get you to the nearest star system, Alpha Centauri, 600 times. Currently, each year we produce 59 times that amount of data and the estimated compound growth rate is around 61%.
Vatican II Clarifies Our Situation
GES 4 “Today, the human race is involved in a new stage of history. Profound and rapid changes are spreading by degrees around the whole world. Triggered by the intelligence and creative energies of man, these changes recoil upon him, upon his decisions and desires, both individual and collective, and upon his manner of thinking and acting with respect to things and to people. Hence, we can already speak of a true cultural and social transformation, one which has repercussions on man’s religious life as well.”
Finally, man painstakingly searches for a better world, without a corresponding spiritual advancement.
“Influenced by such a variety of complexities, many of our contemporaries are kept from accurately identifying permanent values and adjusting them properly to fresh discoveries. As a result, buffeted between hope and anxiety and pressing one another with questions about the present course of events, they are burdened down with uneasiness. This same course of events leads men to look for answers; indeed, it forces them to do so.”
As we search for a better world, we don’t have a corresponding spiritual advancement. As we grow technologically and socially our spiritual growth has not kept up. Consequently, these changes recoil upon us, they bite us.
We have information overload. We don’t know how to apply information to our lives.
GES 8 “Within the individual person there develops rather frequently an imbalance between an intellect which is modern in practical matters and a theoretical system of thought which can neither master the sum total of its ideas, nor arrange them adequately into a synthesis.”
GES 10 The truth is that the imbalances under which the modern world labors are linked with that more basic imbalance which is rooted in the heart of man. For in man himself many elements wrestle with one another. Thus, on the one hand, as a creature he experiences his limitations in a multitude of ways; on the other he feels himself to be boundless in his desires and summoned to a higher life. Pulled by manifold attractions he is constantly forced to choose among them and renounce some. Indeed, as a weak and sinful being, he often does what he would not, and fails to do what he would. Hence, he suffers from internal divisions, and from these flow so many and such great discords in society. No doubt many whose lives are infected with a practical materialism are blinded against any sharp insight into this kind of dramatic situation; or else, weighed down by unhappiness they are prevented from giving the matter any thought. Thinking they have found serenity in an interpretation of reality everywhere proposed these days, many look forward to a genuine and total emancipation of humanity wrought solely by human effort; they are convinced that the future rule of man over the earth will satisfy every desire of his heart.
She likewise holds that in her most benign Lord and Master can be found the key, the focal point, and the goal of man, as well as of all human history. The Church also maintains that beneath all changes there are many realities which do not change, and which have their ultimate foundation in Christ, who is the same yesterday and today, yes, and forever. Hence under the light of Christ, the image of the unseen God, the firstborn of every creature,6 the council wishes to speak to all men in order to shed light on the mystery of man and to cooperate in finding the solution to the outstanding problems of our time.”
Joshua and the Help of the Lord
“O LORD, how long shall I cry for help, and thou wilt not hear? Or cry to thee “Violence!” and thou wilt not save? Why dost thou make me see wrongs and look upon trouble? Destruction and violence are before me; strife and contention arise. So, the law is slacked and justice never goes forth. For the wicked surround the righteous, so justice goes forth perverted.” (Hab 1:2-4).
“This book of the law shall not depart out of your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it; for then you shall make your way prosperous, and then you shall have good success” (Josh 1:8).
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Jeff Cavins is passionate about helping people understand Scripture and become disciples of Jesus Christ. Though he was born Catholic, Jeff went to Bible school and served as a protestant minister for twelve years before reverting to the Catholic Faith. Jeff then received his MA in Theology from Franciscan University of Steubenville. Since then, he has become a leading Catholic evangelist and author.
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