Go ahead, please guess what all these people have in common:
This person gave a terrific sermon at Easter services at St. Dominic’s Church in San Francisco this past Sunday. The tombs of Tuscany, Italy, thousands of years ago, used to point to the West because of the dead, who had reached the end of their lives. After Jesus, the Tuscan Tombs began pointing to the East, because death was no longer thought of as an ending, but with Jesus it was viewed as a beginning. The priest encouraged each of us to think of our lives optimistically, about the possibility and the positive things. We are what we focus upon.
This person lived for hundreds of years and said, “Size matters not. Look at me. Judge me by my size, do you? Hmm? Hmm. And well you should not. For my ally is the Force, and a powerful ally it is. Life creates it, makes it grow. Its energy surrounds us and binds us. Luminous beings are we, not this crude matter. You must feel the Force around you; here, between you, me, the tree, the rock, everywhere, yes.”
This person was a famous philosopher known for his atheistic pessimism. According to Wikipedia, “human desire was futile, illogical, directionless, and, by extension, so was all human action in the world.”
This person should give away what all these people have in common. He is one of the most famous newspapermen of all time. He once said, “You furnish the pictures and I’ll furnish the war.“
Each of the people above had a strong opinion about what enters our consciousness. Xavier, Tony Robbins and Yoda all believe that we have choice in what enters our consciousness. Schopenhauer would say that things are pretty bleak; William Randolph Hearst would say that he chose for people what enters their consciiousness. I have been thinking lately about, “what exactly is news?” I looked at Dictionary.com and it said, “a person, thing, or event considered as a choice subject for journalistic treatment.” But who really really considers, who really chooses, the subjects that we read about in the news? We do! The news is what each of us want it to be. Yes, certain things do happen. However, millions of things happen and, now more than ever, we can regulate what news we actually get, because there is so much information in the world. The future is a world where we choose our news. We choose the magazines, the newspapers, the ways we discover what is happening in our world. There’s just too much information for any one person to digest, so we are forced to choose. I’m reminded of “The Millionaire Next Door,” a book about the traits of “everyday millionaires,” where I understand that one of the traits of millionaires is that they spend lots time with their good friends. My point is that the best things in life are actually free. Time spent with friends is free, although not all friends are the same; it’s the choosing of your friends where there is value. Likewise, information is fast becoming free, but all information is not the same; it’s the choosing of your information where there is value.