Is technology a curse or blessing? I have gotten the distinct impression that people use it to separate and insulate themselves from the natural world; that they no longer see themselves as a part of this divine creation, but rather above it. I have come to see technology as a curse in that it has distorted the perception of some to the beauty of creation and their place within it. However, today I must question this perception.
I have been going to school to learn network administration because it offers a future in an ailing economy. This has led to personal technological improvements at home. I finally went wireless so the monument to technology (the desktop) could be moved to another location; we reclaimed our living room! With an eye to the future, I broke down and spent some money on a tablet. I was even given a cell phone last week. I think I am being assimilated!
It is a lovely day here, so I mowed the lawn. It seemed right and proper to enjoy my nature filled location, so I retired to our porch with a cold Heineken. It suddenly struck me as an excellent time to continue reading T. Thorn Coyle’ s Evolutionary Witchcraft, so I got the tablet. I am reading about the”Sticky One” when I become a bit nostalgic about my youth. This led to calling up Pandora because music is to my youth like comfort food is to others. “What a wonderful day,” I think.
The role of modern technology in this moment suddenly strikes me as a bit ironic. I am sitting on my porch sipping a Heineken and inspired to wax a bit nostalgic by Ms. Coyle when it occurs to me that I can also publish to my blog from the comfort of this delightful place. I look up and see the three-quarters full Moon and feel blessed. I guess technology can be a blessing; it all depends on how you use it.