“Getting information off the Internet is like taking a drink from a fire hydrant”. – Mitchell Kapor
They controlled access to information.
In modern times,the internet has done more to democratize access to information than any other single technological advance since Gutenberg invented the printing press.
Given this, it’s really surprising that we tend to use the internet more for entertainment than we do for gaining knowledge to improve ourselves.
If you’re on a quest for self-improvement, the internet can be an awesome tool.
If you feel that your academic knowledge is lacking or are academically curious, having a computer and internet access is like having the ancient library of Alexandria in your living room.
The ability to research any topic in literature, history, art and science is literally at your fingertips.
And if you find that a particular academic discipline is particularly intriguing and pulling you in, you can always pursue online training from home as well.
The ancient Greeks believed that the highest form of human happiness consisted of academic rigor coupled with physical excellence.
So intellectual knowledge for the Greeks wasn’t prized over physical fitness.
They didn’t suffer from the geek/jock dichotomy that pervades our culture.
We tend to divide physical and academic prowess into separate camps to the extent that we’ve created self-fulfilling stereotypes.
Early in school, children who show exceptional physical ability earn the jock label.
More often than not, they go on to embrace the jock stereotype at the expense of academic rigor.
The “dumb jock” stereotype exists for a reason.
Likewise, children who show great academic promise early often get saddled with the geek or nerd stereotype which also can become self-fulfilling as they identify themselves with academic excellence,and go on to reject any emphasis on a physically rigorous lifestyle.
If you identify with the geek stereotype it’s likely that you internalized it early because you’re academically gifted.
It doesn’t mean that you’re incapable of becoming physically fit. If you want to be physically healthier, it’s really as easy as starting with some online education about exercise, diet, and health.
Going on to implement the knowledge you gain into your daily routine is the second step. It’s not enough to know. You also have to do.
Another key area in which individuals often wish to augment their knowledge base is philosophy.
Many students gain an initial exposure to philosophy perhaps in an introduction to philosophy class in college as a general education requirement.
Often they’re intrigued, but find that class scheduling conflicts and making sure they’re getting all of the classes in their academic major checked off takes precedence over other, more advanced philosophy classes.
If this sort of sounds like you, it’s not too late to take some online classes to get a good grasp on everything from the rudiments of western philosophy to Confucianism.
If you begin to view the internet as a tool for self-improvement instead of just another source of entertainment, you’ll be surprised at your capacity for change.
About Guest Author: Austin is an avid blogger and health nut. He enjoys writing about self-improvement topics in his free time. A perfect evening for Austin is spent on the back porch with a good book and a strong coffee.