The year is 1800: I spend my formative years in oceans of literature.
Studying, thinking, examining, observing: The job of a great mind is never done.
I can spend days and days in a library, indulging in the pursuits of written pleasure, feeding my mind with "nutrition" from Machiavelli and Socrates.
I can spend hours finding out what tuberculosis or influenza is.
My colleagues and I spend days diagnosing patients with diseases.
I feel my mental capacity expanding, being worked like a baker kneading bread dough.
Upon thinking of how and why things work the way they do, upon researching, I feel my patience building with every hour I spend reading. My devotion to my studies grows, as does my knowledge.
The year is 2010: I spend one hour on Google Search Engine.
Reading, commenting, bored, learning: The mind of an average internet user is never satisfied.
I can spend minutes on my laptop in a library Googling philosophers, reading only a backdrop of their lives and works until I get bored
I can spend seconds learning about the symptoms, causes, treatments and types of influenza and tuberculosis.
My colleagues and I spend minutes on our tablets, figuring out what a patient has.
I feel my mind is not being challenged, I do read but don't think about it. However, my knowledge grows. I now know but I do not find much curiosity or devotion to it.
I feel my patience shrinking: I want to learn about the solar system and I want to now, right away
I want information at the tip of my fingertips, in minutes!
Better: in seconds.