Hey, everyone! I just got out of my Journalism class about an hour ago. Whew! The chapter we’re covering is on the Internet, and the advancement in technology (and boy is it advancing). The line between physical reality and virtual reality is becoming blurred!
Kids are spending more hours in front of the screen than they are playing in the schoolyard. People are going to coffee shops to log in, not chat together. And not only are we tethered to our computers, we’re turning into them!
Take, for example, a chip that can be implanted in your wrist. It holds not only your credit card data, but it can identify a human being and their personal information with one swipe of the arm (it’s already in use in Asia!).
My boyfriend attended the TED conference last year and one of the speakers talked about the evolution of the “techno-sapien” – a physical person who is essentially half-machine, half technology.
Think it sounds ridiculous? Well…it is! The more digitized we become, the more disconnected we are from one another. And this causes us to be more disconnected from what is holy about ourselves: Our relationship with God.
And this scares me. We can’t let our reliance on technology distract us from the most basic need to turn to God. But on the other hand, we can’t let our belief in God scare us away from all that’s wonderful about science and technology!
I want to share the following from a fantastic book I’m reading by Francis S. Collins, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief:
In the twenty-first century, in an increasingly technological society, a battle is raging for the hearts and minds of humanity. Many materialists, noting triumphantly the advances of science in filling the gaps of our understanding of nature, announce that belief in God is an outmoded superstition, and that we would be better off admitting that and moving on. Many believers in God, convinced that the truth they derive from spiritual introspection is of more enduring value than truths from other sources, see the advances in science and technology as dangerous and untrustworthy. Positions are hardening. Voices are becoming more shrill.
Will we turn our backs on science because it is perceived as a threat to God, abandoning all of the promise of advancing our understanding of nature and applying that to the alleviation of suffering and the betterment of humankind? Alternatively, will we turn our backs on faith, concluding that science has rendered the spiritual life no longer necessary, and that traditional religious symbols can now be replaced by engravings of the double helix on our alters?
Both of these choices are profoundly dangerous. Both deny truth. Both will diminish the nobility of humankind. Both will be devastating to our future. And both are unnecessary. The God of The Bible is also the God of the genome. He can be worshipped in the cathedral or in the laboratory. His creation is majestic, awesome, intricate, and beautiful-and it cannot be at war with itself. Only we imperfect humans can start such battles. And only we can end them.
I end this note with taking a step back. I want to truly look at this world – which is quickly becoming digital – and ask myself: Why am I here?
I believe I’m here, using technology, to help guide people closer to God. Science, technology and the Divine do NOT have to be mutually exclusive! My purpose is to take the Internet and social media and use them to help you find your own best self.
Remember that you are God’s child. You are here for a bigger purpose, something greater than what you can even imagine…if you just seek him out.