read, think, evolve

Volume 1 Number 18                                                                        August 12, 2000

Over the past couple weeks I've run across a number of examples of people's attempts to censor the net.  Some of the more common variations on the theme are:

The September 2000 issue of "Wired" says that the Council of Torah Sages in Israel has banned the internet from the homes of orthodox Jews.  (The conservative core of every religion seems to be manifesting similar rules in an attempt to control what their membership believes.)  (It is true that exposure to the outside world promotes evolution, but we have to embrace information and we have to embrace evolution.)  (If we continue on the road we are traveling, we will not arrive at a place that we want to be.)

It is almost tempting to crawl into a hole and shut out the world and all the information that is available, but information is power and it must be distributed to everyone in order to prevent it from being corrupted.  All forms of censorship must be stopped, as there is no way that we can advance unless all information is allowed to flow freely to everyone.

I would agree that there is some information that children aren't prepared to process without input from adults, but the answer isn't censorship.  The answer is for parents to take responsibility for their children and participate in their lives, instead of using tv and computers as baby sitters.  It means that parent have to work less at jobs, get by with fewer things and spend more time with their children; but they shouldn't have children if they aren't willing to make those sacrifices and devote long hours to the task of raising them and teaching them.  (Kids don't need more things.  Kids need their parents to become involved in their lives.)

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