The great library of Alexandria is said to have held over 500,000 scrolls. The libraries of Timbuktu held over 700,000 manuscripts during the Medieval period. The Imperial library of Constantinople housed over 200,000. The collection of knowledge in the ancient world was astounding. Today, we have an endless stream of knowledge pouring into our homes (and pockets) from all over the world through this miracle called the internet. We have more knowledge at our fingertips than any generation before us. Why are we so ignorant? Why does it seem that each successive generation suffers from short term (and long term) memory loss? In a world where we could literally learn ANYTHING in the comfort of our home, why do we seem uninterested in our history? In expanding our understanding beyond pop culture? We should be determined to learn. We should embrace the precious little time we have on this planet to absorb everything we can!
NOW TRY THIS: Be determined to learn today! Choose a topic “how books are bound”, “how to make soap”, “the top ten list of pop songs in 1953”… whatever suits your fancy! Learn something new today! You can even use that computer you carry around with you – use it for more than just texting!