Whilst walking my dog tonight – he is a Spoodle, really not very clever but he is very lovely – I started thinking about freedom from information. A concept that has been bugging me ever since the UK government introduced Freedom of Information (FOI) – ironically my tea is currently squatting on an FOI mat thing.
I think that this is where my last post on bills to pay and bills paid, i.e. simplicity, sprang from in the first place.
There is too much information available now, it is creating confusion and chaos.
On said dog walk, I came over all pretentious and wondered what Plato would have said about information – it was his thing really. When I got home I Googled it and got this (amongst other things):
The philosophy of Plato is marked by the usage of dialectic, a method of discussion involving ever more profound insights into the nature of reality, and by cognitive optimism, a belief in the capacity of the human mind to attain the truth and to use this truth for the rational and virtuous ordering of human affairs. Plato believes that conflicting interests of different parts of society can be harmonized. The best, rational and righteous, political order, which he proposes, leads to a harmonious unity of society and allows each of its parts to flourish, but not at the expense of others. (Blatantly copy and pasted from here)
Argh!! The complete opposite of what I had hoped for. He thought that this dialogue would create harmony and unity.
Dare I disagree?