Information changes over time. I got in the drinking business when I was fifteen years old. Yep, I worked as bartender at that time.
This was before, MADD (Mothers Against Drunk Drivers) came about in 1980. That was the organization that really got the drunk driving laws going in this country. Prior to that time, people just got as drunk as they wanted and drove home. No one thought about it much.
“Alcoholism” was not widely known or recognized as a “disease” back then. Instead, drinking was said to “kill your brain cells”. I don’t think people talk about this facet of heavy drinking anymore. You might hear about drinking yourself to death. That’s different than drinking yourself to stupidity.
I got thinking about this because of the second-generation funeral director who said that in his father’s day, they buried people and burned trash. These days, he said, we bury garbage and have crematoria. It does get your attention. (See my post – The Death Business)
I don’t know that we’re progressing, intellectually, on a variety of topics. It’s seems more as if we’re choosing to look at different parts of the same whole.
Internet search has become less valuable over time. More often than not, I search something and google returns twenty links to the same content on different sites. If I’m not satisfied with this; if I don’t feel I’ve learned anything, too bad!
This seems a good topic for today, with the Moon in Gemini and ruler of information (Mercury), exactly conjunct Neptune in Pisces. Crisp, useful, factual information is obscured. Drunk (Neptune) brain (Mercury).
Can you think of an example of information that has changed over time?
Generally speaking, do you think we are improving or degrading, intellectually at this time?