"The Lord works from the inside out. The world works from the outside in. The world would take people out of the slums. Christ would take the slums out of people, and then they would take themselves out of the slums. The world would mold men by changing their environment. Christ changes men, who then change their environment. The world would shape human behavior, but Christ can change human nature...Yes, Christ changes men, and changed men can change the world."
Ezra Taft Benson
Jan 17, 2012
For better or for worse
This is a really random post. You've been warned.
Technology changes how we live.
Is that for better or for worse?
Better: with technology you can do practically anything virtually.
It isn't always the same thing though.
I had a class that talked about the "prana" of things. Meaning the life or essence of them. It was pointed out that technology can detract from the prana. Does that make any sense at all?
Is wii tennis the same as a real match? (Don't ask why I used tennis as an example. I've sucked at tennis all three times I've played ha.)
Same motions, right?
Is looking at a picture of the sunset on the beach the same as seeing it for yourself in real life?
There is definitely a difference between reality and a virtual/simulation version.
Technology can often enhance our experience of reality though!
For examples, new inventions can bring better equipment
(e.g. more efficient boats, more comfortable hiking boots, better guns, stronger climbing ropes, whatever)
Does that ever go too far for your taste?
(Does technology make things so easy that it takes the sport/challenge out of it?)
Where is your "technological line"?
Logical or not, one that comes to mind for me is reading books. I quite enjoy reading them non-technologically.
(But! I love reading online for research-purposes. Research papers make me quite grateful that some books are online.)
I can't quite put my finger on why I like reading paper books. Holding the book? Physically turning the pages?