Information Gardens

The Tree of Knowledge

The Tree of Knowledge

Keeping a library is like gardening, after a while an untended garden starts to grow wild, each bit of knowledge seeking its own path to the light.  Things grow, enervated by our interest, discarded, but containing a vitality of ideas, good or bad, which continue static until they are enervated again, and that energy carries those ideas further, to grow into forests of relevance or get choked out, discarded and burned.

I’ve kept both types of gardens, the ideal and the real, both wild and tame.  My current garden has grown wild, but I find that among the weeds, some strong ideas grow, and both good and bad.  The problem with information, knowledge, is that it can become idolatry, with all the foolish rubric idolatry so often runs to.

I’m up to pruning my garden, in part because of a recognition of that idolatry, and a desire to pay closer attention to the real gardens in my life, family, friends, community, work, home life, and living in the world at large, each of those real gardens represent an Eden, that is a mansion with many rooms.

I suppose some theorists, behavior modeling programmers and the like, have already explored this metaphor.  No doubt directory structure in older operating systems programming uses terminology of directory trees, code branches, file system leaves, and the like.

Which poses an interesting question for today.   Is electronically stored knowledge, static in the way printed knowledge is ? To which I supposed I would reply, of course it is, only the medium of stasis has changed.  This leads to the question, to what degree has interactive ‘stored knowledge’ given the ideology of organic information a different organic reality.

This I suppose is where the collective unconscious of our age has fattened on the new Mythology of Terminators, Matrix’s, and Multiverses.

It’s also interesting that our religious mythologies resonate with ‘tree of knowledge’ tales.