t's easy to feel jaded in the age of social media. Information is instant and copious, and the constant flood of details about politics, celebrities, and and even tragedies can make a person view the world in a mundane way. It's easy to forget that there's anything in this world that inspires wonder or imagination.
But, occasionally, something comes along that wakes us up and reminds us that the universe is still full of mysteries that need uncovering.
A recent discovery in Egypt is such a mystery. Researches found a sealed "void" inside one of the great pyramids, and what's inside is anyone's guess. One thing's for sure though: scientists are determined to find out the answers.
These days, information overload is a reality.
The irony of living at a time when almost anything we want to know is at our fingertips is that we take that access for granted. Smartphones take the guesswork out of most questions. And, sometimes, it seems like we’re inundated with so much news, blocking some of it out is the only way to stay sane.
Usually, nothing surprises us anymore.
Social media feeds are nothing but a constant stream of tips, photos, and updates about less-than-pleasant things taking place around the world. It all adds up to sensory overload, which can tend leave event the most optimistic people feeling a little jaded. The world starts to look like a ticker-tape of natural disasters and talking heads hashing out the same old topics.
It's easy to buy into this view of the world because most of us are so busy.
As far as day jobs go, most people are hurriedly tapping on laptops or moving to keep pace with the needs of others. There’s precious little time to wonder about the bigger picture, or daydream about what could be. It’s a hamster wheel of needs, wants, and quickly trying to file away all the information coming at us. We know what we need to know, and so we just keep swimming.
But some people dream and discover for a living, and that's great news for the rest of us.
Thankfully, archaeology still exists. While many of us take what we know about the world for granted, archeologists are busy trying to unearth new and exciting discoveries no one has ever seen or investigated yet. It may not always be as riveting as an Indiana Jones movie, but uncovering the stuff that history books are written about is a pretty fascinating field.
Egypt is still a hotbed of archeological activity.
Looking at museums filled with mummies, burial treasures, and intricately carved sarcophagi, it would be easy to assume that scientists have already turned up everything there is to see when it comes to Egyptian history. That’s not the case. Egypt is still filled with teams of researchers digging down into the underbelly of the desert to find new tidbits about dynasties long past.