You have to watch this.
The last question on the video is prophetic:
“So what does it all mean?”
Depending on who you are, and what you believe, the information in this clip either caused you to say “Yes! This is awesome!” or “Lord. Help us. Have mercy on us.”
To me, the sheer irony of it all is compelling.
So, here are my two cents…
We seemingly have more information than ever before, and yet we are more ignorant than at any time in human history. We have more data, facts, gigabytes and soundbites, and yet we are woefully in need of two things: Wisdom and Holiness. We have more online connectivity, more ‘facebook friends’, more e-harmony, more psychic friends, more ‘connections’, more so-called ‘community’, and yet study after study shows that we have never been so alone and lonely. More depression. More debt. More foreclosures. More Prozac. More suicides than ever before. We have the world at our fingertips yet we are afraid to leave our own backyards, or even to travel across the street. We don’t fly because we fear being “body scanned” or “underwear bombed”, or being killed by the “terrorist of the month” or in a random act of senseless violence as in the Russian subway massacre recently. So we stay home. Where it is safe. Behind the fake flickering pixels of our computer screen. All by ourselves. Alone. Except for our ‘second life’ avatar friends online.
We are gladly and pridefully building our own modern-day Tower of Babel, in order to make a name for ourselves, simply because ‘we can’. But as this Tower of Self gets higher and higher, we are becoming more and more isolated, separated, insulated and our language instead of becoming clearer, is becoming more fragmented and confused because of the sheer 24/7 incessant and unrelenting volume of it all. “Can you hear me now?” “No, I can’t hear you because everyone is talking.” How can finite creatures avail themselves to infinite information without overload? “…will someone turn off the fire hose, I’ve had enough to drink…” or “…I just want to urinate in a restaurant bathroom without an ad for hot chicken wings and online poker staring me in my face…”
Yes, we have technology. But have we lost virtue?
We have freedom. But have we lost morality?
We have innumerable ‘toys’. But we’ve forgotten how to play.
Have we traded our souls? For the enslavement of our bodies?
Technology itself is not evil. It is neutral. Mankind makes something, anything, either a blessing or a curse. A gift of life, or a promise of death. Technology is evil only when we worship it as God, and when we trust in it as God. When we think that it alone will save us and provide for us, and yet how is it that technology actually raises more questions than it does in providing answers? How is it that it so often distracts us from the one thing needful. From each other? How is it that it turns us towards self absorbment, individualism, arrogance, lust, unbridled passions, pride and greed?
Too much technology, or innovation without sanctification is a grave temptation. A temptation that seeks to fulfill the lusts of our eyes, ears, hearts and bodies with random nothingness. A temptation to keep us busy, distracted, chasing, texting about things that are trivial, random, and with things that don’t really matter at all. Or as Neil Postman suggests in his famous book, are we “Amusing Ourselves to Death”? For when our enemy, Satan, has us distracted talking, typing, texting, googling, facebooking, YouTubing, (and yes, even blogging) chasing our tails round in circles with trivial pursuits, we forget about the one thing needful.
…that they may all be one, just as you, Father, are in Me, and I in You, that they also may be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me. The glory that You have given Me I have given to them, that they may be one even as We are one, I in them and You in Me, that they may become perfectly one, so that the world may know that You sent Me and loved them even as You loved Me…
Father, I desire that they also, whom You have given Me, may be with Me where I am, to see My glory that You have given Me because You loved Me before the foundation of the world. O righteous Father, even though the world does not know You, I know You, and these know that You have sent Me. I made known to them Your name, and I will continue to make it known, that the love with which You have loved Me may be in them, and I in them.
– John 17 – The High Priestly Prayer of Jesus Christ
Lord give us wisdom to use technology. Thank you for our free will enabling us to choose You, and not to let machines use us..
Help us to realize that walking to the beach to view a gloriuous Sunset with a friend, or with my dog, or with our family is immensely more gratifying than ‘just one more facebook entry or text’, or in seeing the ‘sunset’ as just one more artificial flickering pixel on my screen – all by myself.