Media mogul Arianna Huffington was posed a provocative question:
What if you ruled the world?
Her answer will likely surprise you. Read on if you dare.
From Prospect magazine:
I would order the creation of a high-tech tool that forces us to disengage from our 24/7 connectivity.
Why? “Knowledge has three degrees,” wrote the third-century philosopher Plotinus, “opinion, science, illumination. The means or instrument of the first is sense; of the second, dialectic; of the third, intuition.” Our always-on culture has contributed much to the first two kinds of knowledge–science and opinion–but has in many ways taken us further away from our inner resources of wisdom.
We need to pull the plug on our hyper-connectivity; to disconnect from all our devices in order to reconnect with ourselves. Which is why, as ruler, I would oversee the creation of a killer app that gauges the state of your mind, body, and spirit and suggests the steps you need to take to realign yourself. Think of it as an internal GPS, showing you the best, most direct route to your own wisdom and creativity.
We live in a time of high-tech miracles–and I see more explosive wonders just ahead. But, as world ruler, I’d strive to direct all that combustible creativity towards servicing our need for more truth, more transparency, and more wisdom. And getting eight hours sleep per night would be given my World Ruler Seal of Approval.
There is no shortage of Huffington Post critics. I certainly don’t agree with everything she writes or with everything posted on The Huffington Post, but in this case, she makes a very good point. I am dubious about the market for that “killer app that gauges the state of your mind, body, and spirit and suggests the steps you need to take to realign yourself.” Without a doubt, each of us could use realignment from time to time.