Tomorrow, when you wake up, you swing your legs out of bed, find your slippers with your feet, and make your way across to the window to open the blind and let in the new day.
It is raining. Again.
Nothing particularly unusual, you might think – except that as you watch the rain falling down outside the window, you realise that this time it is different.
Because, this time, instead of raining… rain, it is raining diamonds. Beautiful, brilliant-cut, high-quality stones – some the size of pigeon eggs, some barely a carat, but all of them perfect.
The breakfast announcer on the radio, his voice even more hysterical than usual, informs you that this miraculous diamond rain phenomenon is repeating itself across the entire planet, on every continent, in every major population centre. Billions and billions of the precious stones, falling like a gift from the heavens.
For a moment, it is better than Christmas. A fortune dropping out of the sky; yours to pick up and possess.
You rush outside to fill your pockets. Perhaps you take a shopping bag, so that you can gather even more of the treasure.
Some of your neighbours are already out there, raking the stones into piles, shovelling them into wheel-barrows or sacks, smiling like Aladdin in the cave of the forty-thieves.
But then you stop, as the realisation strikes.
There is no point in rushing to gather up the precious stones, to store them away like a squirrel’s cache of winter nuts.
The phenomenon is worldwide. Which means…
That from today on, diamonds will be as common, worldwide, as pebbles or rocks.
That the value of a diamond will, therefore, be about the same as that of a pebble or rock.
And that goes for the diamonds which in the past, you spent so much of your hard-earned salary to buy.
We live, today in an era akin to the diamond rain of this imaginary scenario. The sky has not unleashed a storm of the once-precious stones, of course, but human ingenuity has, almost overnight, devalued what has been, for most of human history, the most valuable commodity known to Man – information.
Like the diamonds in our story, it falls from the air around us, bidding us to pick it up and use it – but as we will discover later – its very availability renders it, in and of itself, almost valueless.
In the world of the Information Revolution, our concepts of information and knowledge – and of education itself – are in drastic need of a rethink.
Information – in the sense of raw data – is not knowledge, knowledge is not wisdom, and wisdom is not foresight. Each grows out of the other and we need them all.
~Arther C.Clarke (scientist and author)
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