We are blessed (I think) to live in an age of an endless supply of information on any given subject. “To google” something means to know, somewhat definitively, an overabundance of perspectives on a topic. In the Information Age, there is no down time from the possibility of knowing.
It’s possible to research a question throughout the night, seeking more and more potential ideas, results, or opinions. It’s possible to communicate with colleagues on opposite corners of the globe, in disparate time zones, literally, anytime. We search the internet at the dinner table, check statistics from bed, and send text messages as we’re driving (even though it’s illegal in many states to do so).
What does it mean, in a society wherein more is more to say “enough”? It is to say, in the language of our Jewish tradition, V’Achalta V’Savata U’Verachta: you shall consume, you shall be sated, and you shall bless.
Can we create a bracha, a blessing, for having ENOUGH information to make a decision, to turn off the smart-phone, to truly be with the people sitting beside us, rather than always striving for more?
How do we determine how much is enough?email print