Neil Postman once argued:
"If there are people starving in the world — and there are — it is not caused by insufficient information. If crime is rampant in the streets, it is not caused by insufficient information. If children are abused and wives are battered, that has nothing to do with insufficient information. If our schools are not working and democratic principles are losing their force, that too has nothing to do with insufficient information. If we are plagued by such problems, it is because something else is missing."
What is the something else missing Postman references? I'd wager it's insufficient action. Many of us encounter powerful information every day, and yet aren't moved to action. Rather, we are moved to temporary contemplation and consequent inaction as we scroll down or move over to the next bit of information that shocks and moves us.
It's an easy trap to fall into with all the information we have access to these days, but that doesn't make our inactions inexcusable. We must — must — be inspired to action and inspire others toward the same if we are to consider ourselves artists and creatives worth our salt.
What that means for you and I depends on the information we are exposed to and how we think we should best act, but whatever the case or context, it's safe to say that insufficient action and the inactive consumption of information is a significant problem.