No question, it brings much convenience; this very website exists because of it.
But does it all have to be to the extent it is?
As an example, and despite our preference for something simpler, every day we
have to deal with three different internet servers, check the way our work looks
on a couple different laptops, as well as iPhones and Droids and tablets. We use
older software like FrontPage and the newer stuff like WordPress -- each with
radically different elements that have to be learned.
Each server has codes; so does each control panel for each server; and
then there are the codes for the customer portals.
There are passwords for the various e-mails (some make you use capitals or
symbols that foil any attempt at consistency and remembering them), and varying
ways each commentary section is handled. Isn't simplicity God's Way?
You remember how it has evolved: first dial-up, then digital phone or cable
and modems, soon routers -- all with different technologies that had to be
learned. There was this browser and that browser. They have different ways of "bookmarking."
There is your "IP." There were first those lumbering desktops and
monitors, then laptops: all
with new buttons and variances. Then the IPads and Fires. Plug-ins. Widgets. There are the various
websites to shop; again, search methods and passwords. There are various
anti-viral software; each unique. Malware? Worms? Firewalls? There are different ways different systems
handle (or don't handle) spam. There was instant messaging -- nothing compared
now to Facebook and its arcane caverns (no one understands what a "reach"
really means, including the folks at Facebook).
It took the FBI weeks to break into an iPhone.
There is Kindle. There is Amazon.
Each has its own menu and commands -- causing high usage of time simply
learning to navigate each one.
Everyone goes through this.
The other day, we saw a woman in her eighties using an iPad for the Mass
There's Bluetooth. There are different phones. There are USB ports and DVDs and RSS
feeds and Instagram and Twitter. They are constant
preoccupations -- and diversions.
Never mind trying to figure out the new TV remote -- or how to use the
What they divert us from especially is relating directly to each other.
They have created, this unending torrent of tech, fortresses around each of us.
They have caused tension and misunderstanding.
They eat up time that could be spent praying.
Humans no longer answer phones.
We are dehumanized.
There are misunderstandings: What seems nasty may not have been intended that
Texts and e-mails often seem short because they are short.
Our attention spans have been reduced to words that are fleeting. We stand
terra firma but an electronic vapor. It's eats up time that could be spent
praying. Even techs don't fully understand their own systems. It can be
wonderful. Even the Vatican promotes aspects. But:
At least some of this is in the devil's plan. Confusion is his hallmark. So
is diversion (and division). Look around you at how totally constructed and
dependent our society is now on
technology -- on electrons, on gigabytes, on "clouds" -- and clouds, we should know,
no matter how big, can quickly fade.