I keep the knowledge of the entire world in my hands. I don’t need to go anywhere to learn anything. Mainly thanks to one person.
I’m sure you thought that I’m going to write about www cocreator. But it’s not about Tim Berners-Lee (nor Robert Cailliau neither Paul Baran, though we should honor him) though I’m aware how much we owe to him and his colleagues. The Internet created the possibilities inaccessible for humanity in the past. It’s impossible to overestimate it but from the other side appreciate it also less frequently. There is the generation which doesn’t know the world without the internet, computers, and smartphones. The generation that watches landline phone on The Internet only, because no one has it at home. It’s amazing how much we owe to the internet and how much we don’t appreciate it at the same moment.
But it’s not what I wanted to write about.
The hero of this article is nor Kindle neither Jeff Bezos too, at least not directly, somehow indirectly – yes, a little bit. I’m the one who appreciate this invention which is Kindle, ebooks and all the advantages they give – the comfort of reading, possibility to travel with literally all your books and chance to use them at any time you want, the possibility to check any word in few seconds. It’s also worth to emphasize how much I saved on books although I never bought so many in one year. Yes, this is the invention that changed the rules of the game.
[quote_colored name=”” icon_quote=”no”]The knowledge of the entire world, which I keep in my hands has a size of Kindle and uses the Internet. And Amazon offer. And Facebook. [/quote_colored]
Few days ago I realized that without the consequence of my mother the situation would look totally different today. If she wouldn’t make this decision to send me to English language lessons (privately of course, in school we could learn any foreign language as long as it was Russian. By the way, every cloud has a silver lining and now in my current work is good to know this language). Well, maybe I would learn this language later in high school, but maybe I would only learn – let’s call it limited version. Or it would be the same story as it was with French (and again, I’m trying to relearn this now). I can only guess now, but I feel that if I didn’t start early, I wouldn’t know English so good.
Without knowledge of English I wouldn’t get a job in Atomic TV (today it’s MTV Poland), I wouldn’t get job at Odyssey Concerts (LiveNation today), and many years after that I wouldn’t get job at Vogel Burda Communications. Why? Because I wouldn’t have a chance to communicate with bosses. Last but not least I wouldn’t work for Gemius as I do know – it would be possible without language.
Wait, it’s not the endo fo the story.
I realized that today I can read any book from Amazon I want and thanks to that I can learn new things. With only one click, within only a few seconds. And just a few (or maybe a little bit more than few) years ago the only possibility for most of the people to get a book was a visit in bookstore or library – and you never were sure that the book you’re looking for is on the shelf.
The only one decision and so many good effects.
We do not appreciate such things. And we should.
And that’s why I wrote this text though there are more reasons. First of all, I decided to appreciate more even the simplest and obvious things. I realized that when you start to do so, you see the life from entirely different perspective. Better.
Second, I decided to quit with auto-censorship. I’m going to write whatever I wanted and I don;t care what other will say. You have no idea how many articles I didn’t write just because my inner auto-censor said “Marek, take a breath and think it over again”. OK, so since now I don’t care. If anyone will find this article as a most naive he read in his life – well it’s his right to thinks so, and my right is to ignore it in the most spectacular way.
Last but not least, with this article I wanted to say thanks to my Mom because the very possibility to do so it’s good when you have such a great Mom as I have. Especially that tomorrow I have a birthday, and without her I wouldn’t know English, but, what is more, important without her I wouldn’t appear to the world at all. And I couldn’t be happy that I have the knowledge of the whole world in my hands.