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Beyond The Brontobyte

I am the Good Shepherd: the Good Shepherd is one who lays down His life for his sheep (John 10:11) Fourth Sunday of Easter

You've heard of the "Stone Age" and the "Information Age" and the "Wired Age," but what about the "Petabyte Age?" In case you missed it, a petabyte is just another giant unit of measure for digital information. And most of us are well familiar with megabytes and gigabytes when talking about our personal computers. But the Pedabyte is a different story -- kind of hard to wrap our heads around. To show just how massive a petabyte is, if you were to count all the bits in one petabyte, at the rate of one bit per second, it would take 285 million years to do so. That's big! In fact one Petabyte could hold approximately twenty million four-drawer filing cabinets full of documents -- or 500 billion pages of standard printed text. And it would take about 500 million floppy disks to store the same amount of data. But there's more! Beyond the Petabyte is the Exabyte, the Zettabyte, the Yottabyte -- and finally (at least for now), the Brontobyte. (Sounds like something you'd get if you tangled with a dinosaur, doesn't it?). In numeric terms, to express the number of bytes in big Bronto, you just write the number one -- followed by twenty-seven zeroes!

It is probably correct to assume that there has never been a more stress-ridden society than ours -- and I may have just contributed to that with all this byte talk! Formerly relaxed, extended-family lifestyles have been preempted by hectic nuclear families drifting in all directions -- existing on fast food, shouting matches, strained relationships, too little sleep and too much "screen time." Add to this: financial setbacks, failure at school, SPAM, obesity, loneliness, fear of cancer, fear of epidemics, fear of terrorism, mistrust of politicians, 24-7 news coverage, materialism, alcoholism and other forms of drug addiction, and even death. These are the makings of madness. Stress has become a way of life; it is the rule rather than the exception. -1

The late Psychologist Erich Fromm, in his famous book, "The Art of Loving," said loving relationships are a necessary ingredient of a fulfilled life. [...]

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