Has modern technology helped us to be better people?

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

ipad-hero“… 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.”

My response is a multitude of questions:

  • Where is the problem? Is it in the technology or inside of us?
  • Were those living in ancient times without fewer 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 or brain numbing??
  • If I don’t have any free time, why not? With all these gadgets and time-savers, what is filling up the holes left from the deletion of repetitive mindless tasks? Have we taken away the time we used for deep thinking?
  • Am I passive? Do I feel empowered by my gizmos or reliant on them?

It’s time for me to take an inventory of my time, my devices, and my calendar. Want to join me?

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