In our world of technology, information is easier to access than ever before. If someone asks a question, we can respond "google it." When it comes time to make important choices, rather than sitting and thinking about what the choice might mean to us, we reach out to the internet, searching for similar experiences. Our decisions are not achieved by our own knowledge, but largely by the influence that this information has on our minds. John Hunt's book "The Art of an Idea" explores this idea: information, he says, does not equal an idea. Simply knowing something, doesn't mean we have done any thinking of our own besides passively experiencing it. Having lots of information does nothing to help us flex our creative muscles: "Passive accumulation of information does not flex our creative muscles, and potentially causes them to atrophy." And so--remember this! When you read, when you learn, when you seek more information, don't just remember it. Take that information and consider why it might apply to you. Why does it matter to you that gas prices on the east coast have skyrockted--and what can we do to fix it? Why does it matter if bottles are wasting more plastic than they need to, and how can we fix it? Gaining information is good, but take that information and work with it! After reading a good book, or four, don't just bask in having learned or enjoyed something. Think about what in that writing inspired you, and create something yourself: flex those creative muscles, and see what you can do.