Welcome to the first article of the Alchemist's Corner! So, why are we here? Why am I writing you and why are you reading? Because humans are naturally curious beings. Our drive to survive and explore is primal. And despite curiosity killing the cat, we have managed to live this long (crazy!). We must be doing something right, right! Right?
Correct, the above statement is mostly true (despite environmental concerns). However, we have entered the Information Age. And with the Information Age (Also know as the digital age, computer age, etc) we have the internet; a place where there is no filter (at least here in the United States of America, and MANY other countries around the world that value Freedom of Speech..) and people are capable of posting anything they desire to the world wide web (www) to be discovered.
Today we are talking about authentic information. Knowledge is power, folks. So what does that mean when we load our brains with the wrong information? Well, it is kind of like eating a donut. It tastes really good, pure pleasure all the way down. It might rumble around in your belly afterward (that much sugar always does for me!) and that's that. But there is no nutritional value in that donut, and if you were to consume donuts for breakfast, lunch, and dinner, chances are that you will feel terrible by the next morning. Some people don't feel terrible, and they keep doing it anyway, only to one day eventually ask themselves (or a doctor), "why do I feel weird?". And that is why we eat healthy food.
Information has the same principals as nutrition. Healthy food and eating a balanced diet provides the body with the nutrition we need to grow and develop. Now, I am not a nutritionist, but I think any one individual that is certified as a "nutritionist" would agree with that statement. If we don't provide our bodies with the right chemicals and molecular building blocks, then we don't grow and develop well. If we don't maintain our health, then our organs will quickly begin to fail in their function. Now, let's apply this same principle to information.
Information, just like food, is a resource we need from birth. Voice and language come with listening. We learn to put together sentences from our parents or those who raise us from our infancy. Educational systems were built and the curriculum was (most, I hope) meticulously designed with the intention to direct children and our youth with the fastest route (debatable, yes, I know - that’s a discussion for another blog) to obtaining legitimate information. We download as much information as we can into our brains and then when the time is right, are released into the wild to make the world a better place (i.e., invent cool stuff, save people, protect the environment....). Where we should be concerned is when we begin to ingest bad information and fall into bad habits. But with this new age of technology and the internet, who are our teachers? Who will guide us? How do we know what to believe and what not to believe? I think many of us have, or currently do, feel lost in this regard.
That, my friends, is why this blog exists. I have spent half a decade researching and learning about the materials I work with. From websites to newspapers and magazines, I have stumbled upon amazing (yes, awe-inspiring) amounts of misleading and/or inaccurate information. When you come to this blog, know that I am providing you with the best information I have obtained. And I will have my work cited and sources to prove it.
To good health,
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