Would you consider the phrase, ” May you live in interesting times.” a curse or a blessing? I spent a couple of hours this morning thinking and researching about this after reading the Pickles cartoon shown below on-line. I was doing that not because I am a philosopher but because the burglar alarm went off at 3:00 AM indicating a security breach at the obvious darkest point of entrance to our house (back ground level patio door).
The internet seems almost evenly split on the question of whether the “Interesting times” phrase is a curse or a blessing. Is it . ” better to live as a dog in tranquility than a soldier at war?” During the research I found an Israeli blog about living in interesting times ( which of course in Israel is almost daily) the blogger noted that you should only read the newspaper until you have enough information, never to the point where you become pre-occupied with that information. While thinking about that little tidbit, because it is a problem I do have, I became aware that it would probably take me a full week of study and verify if just the front page stories in the average newspaper were biased or accurate. Whether I wanted to be or should be interested or disinterested?
I keep thinking back to Alvin Toffler’s 1970 book “Future Shock,” where he predicts that we will be overwhelmed not by what we don’t have but by what we do have. In short , “Too much change in too short of a time.” and ” Too many choices.”
What do you think? is it a curse or a blessing to live in ” interesting times?” Will it ever be 1954 again? Will the opinions of those who lived through the 50’s be different from that of those who did not?