Has technology helped us to become better?

A character in The Truth Teller by Angel Hunt is pretty disgusted with the state of the human race. He says:

“… By his very success in inventing labor-saving devices, modern man has created an abyss of boredom and stupidity that only the privileged classes in earlier civilizations ever plumbed. The average blue-collar worker has more free time and more expendable income than did the average man on the streets of ancient Rome, yet he is not a better man for it. He spends his evenings in front of his cable-fed television, filling his mind with the moronic humor of whatever sleaze happens to be on that evening. Modern technology is supposed to serve us, but the average man serves technology. Our gadgets and gizmos have changed us from active to passive agents. Unless we restore our superiority, our modern inventions will eventually eliminate us altogether.”

Abstract NightmareMy response is a multitude of questions:

  • Where is the problem? Is it the technology or inside of us?
  • Were those living in ancient time without our options or free time better than we are? Or has mankind been sin-filled since Adam and Eve disobeyed God?
  • How am I using my free time? What am I filling in the holes with? Is it God-focused?
  • If I don’t have any free time, why not? With all these gadgets and time-savers, something should be filling up the holes left from not having to do the repetitive mindless things they replace. Is that true?
  • Am I passive? Do I feel empowered by my gizmos or reliant on them?

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