January 16, 2010

All That's Left IsTo Unlearn

Information By Daniel Donahoo

she closes the lid

and unplugs the device

no bigger than her thumb

from the computer.

My life's work, she says. But, it isn't her life's work.

You see, we store information like an Escher painting.

It shouldn't all fit in there. But, it does.

And every day we manage to fit more and more into smaller and smaller spaces until one day

she says,

we will be able to fit all the information the world has

everything that everyone knows and believes and dreams

into nothing.

It will all be there. Stored and filed.

Tagged with any keywords you might imagine.

Our hard drives will be thin air.

They will make nanobots look like elephants.

And elephants will be in there too. Tagged. Accessible with search terms

like gray, ivory,

and the largest land dwelling mammal

We will process away at nothing and understand everything.

We will think of a word and the information will slip in, not through our ears or eyes

but straight thorough our skin. Information will breathe in and out of us, permeate our skin.

Our knowing will be as deep as it is wide.

You see our work here is to learn so much,

to be so full of knowing,

that all there is left to do is unlearn.

Humanity must get to a point where we let go.

We leave the useless ideas and the spent ideologies in the recycle bin.

like an adolescent brain shedding neurons.

like a snake slithering from its old skin.

like an old man who has come to understand so well the point where reality meets

the intangible that he is able to decide which breath will be his last. And, he

will enjoy that breath more than any that he has taken in his entire life.

And, her life's work is more than a four meg flash drive.

My life's work, she says, is the impact that this has.

This is not about what I produce. It is all about what others receive.

Listen to this spoke word piece on Youtube.


mark said...

Strangely uplifting. I cannot explain why. At least it gave me a smile. Thank you for posting.

the wild magnolia said...

New thoughts always shake my brain loose. So, I read again, as with these words of Daniel Danahoo...I think it is about life with less attachment and how little we matter and how much what we give matters. Giving lasts and giving teaches others...