Have you noticed how fast society is changing?
Do you ever wonder what will be the outcome of a world where everyone is tied 24/7 through electronic devices?
Do you ever wonder how socially this has impacted us all? How are human beings relating to each other anymore?
For those of you over a certain age, remember the days when there was no Internet or cell phones? I sure do. Do you ever think in some ways those days were better?
Genesis 11:4 And they said, Go to, let us build us a city and a tower, whose top may reach unto heaven; and let us make us a name, lest we be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.
I read the book recently by this author. She is a secular psychologist but the book brought up many important and true points about how people are being changed by technology. Some scientists likewise have even discussed the rewiring of our brains via modern technology. This author, Sherry Turkle, raised ideas such as one day, we would have robots taking care of the disabled, and very elderly and children and questioned the non-human quotient behind all this. She basically made a central theme clear, that technology is separating people where people expect less as they enter into more and more cyber-relationships:
Alone Together is the result of MIT technology and society specialist Sherry Turkle’s nearly fifteen-year exploration of our lives on the digital terrain. Based on interviews with hundreds of children and adults, it describes new, unsettling relationships between friends, lovers, parents, and children, and new instabilities in how we understand privacy and community, intimacy and solitude. It is a story of emotional dislocation, of risks taken unknowingly. But it is also a story of hope, for even in the places where digital saturation is greatest,there are people—especially the young—who are asking the hard questions about costs, about checks and balances, about returning to what is most sustaining about direct human connection. At the threshold of what Turkle calls “the robotic moment,” our devices prompt us to recall that we have human purposes and,perhaps, to rediscover what they are.
She is right about people using the Internet, smart phones etc. to bail out from real life.
She is right to talk about the illusions of companionship without the demands of friendship. To put it simply, "we would rather text then talk" She also get this right too, "Often too busy communicating to think or create or really connect with the people we were with in the ways that really count".
For some years I lived in a more rural place, I sort of suspected it at the time, but the town was very behind the times, it also was very working class and lower income which meant less fancy devices among the populace. When I moved to a "more modern" place, it was like culture shock watching young and middle aged buried in their droids, iphones and other devices. Even relationships between people seemed different and not as close beyond the usual rural vs. urban differences. One could be talking in a group and down would be the head of another person going through the Internet instead of listening. Young people seem different to me somehow now then even 15 years ago, less apt for conversation, more disconnected like you are bothering them just to want to talk to them.
I realize I am old enough to be like my grandmother who refused to ever buy a home computer at all, and that I am way behind the times, while I obviously use the Internet extensively to even do this website, I refuse to take it with me everywhere, and have never texted in my entire life. Some of us want to sit in a park, left alone untethered to any electronic device. The idea of "multi-lifing" which the author brings up to detail the difference between in the flesh life, and cyber-life is a new term to me, but even I realized with horror that even I found myself telling people "I have an "internet life" and a "real" life".
She talks about the people where the Internet becomes more of their "REAL WORLD" including those who live through avatars via "Second Life" where they can design themselves to be wealthier and better looking then in real life, and pursue relationships that are wholly cyber. This includes those who experiment with different identities online.
Definitely knowledge over all has increased....
Daniel 12:4 But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.
Don't get me wrong, I am not going off line, and plan to continue here, the Internet has been just as influential as the printing press during the Reformation in getting the truth out there. In fact reading scripture online and Christian websites, is one way that I was able to learn the truth about the Catholic church. Of course the amount of information that is at our hands is at heights we never dreamed of. When the Internet came into being, those early days of excitement of always having basically a library at my hands never really have ended. I was an adult before the Internet was commonplace and remember how very different those days were. Technology can be used for good, lives have been saved via modern medical technology but of course it can also be used for evil.
But that said, as this secular psychologist has brought up some good points how is all this technology changing society? Even the Bible warns of the misuse of knowledge.
1 Corinthians 8:1
Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
I even wrote a few days ago about the line between swimming in evil and exposing evil. This is one thing that is troubling me. The false preachers and deceivers want everyone ignorant in the pews, and nothing warned about but one must keep balance in their Christian life as well, between exposing evil but also being spiritually fed. For those of us who are isolated "scattered sheep" this can be more of a challenge that is something which needs to be paid attention to.
One important thing, I think is to disengage yourself from the all encompassing electronic world, from time to time. Take a day here and there in prayer and listening to God and away from it all. Sometimes I am astonished just watching everyone rush around, and wonder, "When do they even have time to think"? For me, quiet time to pray and be away is important.
While knowledge is important we have to be careful how we use it. Sometimes one feels almost buried in information. I am not so sure this is always a good thing. Remember the devil can seduce even with telling people they can 'know' "everything" 'like 'God'. I've seen many places on line where extreme hyper-intellectual types who have delved extremely deep into the esoteric and knowing the most deeper inter-workings of the new world order have run off the rails. They all go to the same place. Some of you may wonder what do I mean by that? They all become like David Icke embracing basic Luciferianism, rejecting God and the Christian faith and embracing the "evolution" of man. All of them match when it gets right down to it. This includes the most obscure who call themselves synchro-mystics to those like Jordan Maxwell. One odd thing among these groups is how they seem to think all technology is such a wonderful thing. I still remember in the UU, how they brainwashed everyone to believe human science would solve all problems and how human "reason" would bring Utopia. That is a laugh just even looking at world history. For those who have rejected God, man is the sum of everything and they elevate man's endeavors instead.
Ever wonder why the extremes of technology have gone to such evil places beyond the realities of human sin? Why are scientists mixing human DNA with animal? Why is one giant agricultural company inventing seeds that are sterile? Why was the nuclear bomb invented? Why will human technology even serve as the mark of the beast via a RIFD chip or tattoo? Where is the wisdom with all the knowledge? Well it seems it got thrown overboard. You ever wonder why no one asked if some of this stuff was a good idea or not? Looks like a few at least are asking what is having everyone hooked up to screens all the time doing to folks?
Proverbs 4:5-8 (KJV)
5Get wisdom, get understanding: forget it not; neither decline from the words of my mouth. 6Forsake her not, and she shall preserve thee: love her, and she shall keep thee. 7Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding. 8Exalt her, and she shall promote thee: she shall bring thee to honor, when thou dost embrace her.
So people may be filled of knowledge but no wisdom to use it correctly. Yes WISDOM is the PRINCIPAL THING.
As I read her book, and she delves deeply into robots, and how they are being used and worked on, I kept thinking this is man wanting to be like 'God" and make their own beings to 'control'.
For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.
Whether that was a strange thought or not, it kept coming up to me. So much of the technology is focused on moving human beings past well being...human. They focus on "evolving" the world and if you think about what kind of world is desired, Satan definitely is behind a lot of it, as emotions and everything seem to be things they want to mute out. When you read in a secular book, that scientists and the technological elite dream of days when children and the elderly can be taken care of by robots and right now have people turning to robots for companionship in Japan, you know we have a problem.
The movie Artificial Intelligence, was one of the last science fiction movies I ever watched. This movie was complete evil, as it basically showed robots built by human beings over centuries becoming self aware and "conscious". even considering this movie on the religious front, it was definitely all about man desiring to be like "gods" and human beings seeking after "power" they could not handle. The movie near the end shows these robots taking over, and building their own society in their new self-awareness, humans are displaced. I remember feeling even nauseous as this unfolded before me.
Did you all know the scientists speak of a time where the computers could become self aware? and of the time estimated in the 2030s where computers become smarter then the humans who built them? Some even muse over the internet becoming conscious.
A new tower of Babel is definitely being built.
PONDER THIS VERSE:
2 Corinthians 4:7
7But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us.