Daily Nugget of Gold 1809
An Intellectual Revolution of Falsehoods
Brace yourselves, folks. We don’t wish to be negative, but we’re not living in a time where authority or apparent authority can be trusted. In essence, we never were. There are Biblical warnings against false prophets, and in a society which is becoming increasingly reliant on technology, almost all of us have invited them into our homes, granted them access to our most private and intimate moments. We need to pause and take a deep breath, and think about what we are seeking and what the trade offs are that we’re making.
There are already many of us leery about those voice activated personal assistants connected to the internet, and for good reason. Here they wait, listening to everything, apparently only wanting to hear their name called so they can respond and help us out. In truth, they are always on, and they can be designed to transmit what they hear to the companies who designed them. Worse, they can be hacked. Many people feel so strongly about not inviting these devices into their home that they wouldn’t accept one even if it were free.
Here’s the really scary part, though- almost all of us already have such a companion and we carry it around with us in our pocket, our smart phones. Because most phones don’t operate like that other type of device, we don’t think about their ability to be always on, always listening and- possibly sharing what they learn. Our lives aren’t nearly as private as we once believed they were. Taping over the little camera on our laptop doesn’t solve this problem, although even Bill Gates has been seen operating a computer with the little piece of tape there.
A bigger fear some of us have is that one day someone will set off an electromagnetic pulse weapon and render almost all of the technology we have useless- at least in a given area. Keep in mind, almost all of the cars on the road today use a computer. Think about all of the life saving hospital equipment we have, our smartphones, our appliances- so many things are controlled by devices which could be disabled in such an event.
So why would we be talking about this? Only because we want to remind folks not to turn over their very existence to technology, particularly their Spiritual lives. The real truth, the soul of our being doesn’t reside in gadgets, however useful they may be. We’re already equipped with a tool to fundamentally transform our existence into a joyful and productive one. Buddha said, “Peace comes from within, do not seek it without.” All of our little gadgets and gizmos are in the “without” field. Something to think about.
Question of the Day to Ask Ourselves
“What can I do to make time to Spiritually center myself on a daily basis?”