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Our access to information is increasing exponentially. By 2016, we won’t be describing bytes as mega and giga, but as exa and zetta. To put this growth in perspective, Cisco Systems illustrates, “If the 11-ounce coffee on your desk equals one gigabyte, a zettabyte would have the same volume as the Great Wall of China.” This glut of information will make us smarter, better decision-makers. Right?
Lack of information is rarely our problem. In fact, in the Digital Age, we usually have too much information, not too little. We often lack the necessary skills to process the information we already have—that is, we lack wisdom. As T. S. Eliot prophetically asked in 1934, “Where is the wisdom we have lost in knowledge? Where is the knowledge we have lost in information?”
Knowledge becomes wisdom when it recognizes the Creator. This is the message of For the Life of the World: The Economy of Wisdom. As we recognize that by Jesus all things were created and in him all things are held together (Col. 1:16-17), we draw out the fruitfulness of creation through everyday efforts in the material world of engineering, music, business, or wherever else we may be serving.