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20-5-2011

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The 19th Century shines brightly upon the 21st Century’s call for research of information and religion to gain spiritual knowledge. American author Henry David Thoreau (1854/1992) observed that “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation” (7), and he sought to “awaken” his neighbors. Across the Atlantic, English Cardinal John Henry Newman (1868) asserted, “Many… refuse to be awakened, and think their happiness consists in continuing as they are” (58). T.S. Eliot heralded the perennial questions we find persistent each day: “Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?” (5). Such observations reveal what is true of modern humanity: we face an information need for solution or awakening to fulfill potential, to encounter information essential to well-being, and to identify and achieve our dreams.

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May 20th, 12:00 AM

The Denial of Relevance: Avoidance, Awakening, & Guidance

The 19th Century shines brightly upon the 21st Century’s call for research of information and religion to gain spiritual knowledge. American author Henry David Thoreau (1854/1992) observed that “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation” (7), and he sought to “awaken” his neighbors. Across the Atlantic, English Cardinal John Henry Newman (1868) asserted, “Many… refuse to be awakened, and think their happiness consists in continuing as they are” (58). T.S. Eliot heralded the perennial questions we find persistent each day: “Where is the Life we have lost in living? Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?” (5). Such observations reveal what is true of modern humanity: we face an information need for solution or awakening to fulfill potential, to encounter information essential to well-being, and to identify and achieve our dreams.