The brilliant Walter Benjamin writes about the difference between information and illumination. 

Infused in our society in the information age is a boredom, a laziness around the fundamental art of thinking.

We don’t want to think anymore, we simply want to know. 

But there are things – essential things – for which there is no ready source of information:

  • What you need to do to be happy
  • How much you should love
  • Why you are doing this
  • When you should try harder
  • When you should rest

You can’t find the answers to those pillars of a purposeful life in a book, or online.

Give yourself the time and space to work them out.

Turn away from more information, and seek illumination.

Jonny

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