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Thanksgiving – Technology

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.

In the late 1970s Telecom (predecessor to Telstra) aired a sentimental advertising commercial about the new service for international direct dialling. At the time placing an overseas phone call required booking in advance, much like making an appointment at the doctor, and cost a motza. Today we can facetime call a friend living overseas by accident simply by having a smartphone rattle around in our pocket and think nothing of the cost when the monthly bill comes. Ahh, technology….sometimes friend, other times foe.

iPhone

It’s been said many times the smartphones we use daily exceeded the entire technological power at the disposal of the NASA Apollo missions to the moon. Lest we underestimate the scope of that endeavour, it lasted through three terms of presidency and accounted for a decade worth of expenditure. The efforts of Steve Jobs and Apple, eye-catching as they were, were not the only ones to advance in this time period though. Across the board everything from cars, utensils and medical equipment have gone ahead in leaps and bounds, a perfect illustration of the mantra that a rising tide lifts all boats.

Univac

Certainly we must be thankful for the experiences and service which technology has afforded us. The deaf can now hear via cochlear implant; we would be defying the odds if we ever got lost on the road again courtesy of GPS, we should never be skint again waiting until Monday morning opening time thanks to internet banking and 3D printers can manufacture almost anything our mind can design. Yet for all the souls in Silicon Valley tapping away at code and inventing new ways of doing things I would temper the quest for all encompassing technology. We are not God’s and there is a lessening of human’s own capability if everything is done for us. For example, why are there moves to develop fridges that are hardwired to the internet and can talk to the other white goods in our lives? A fridge is just a fridge and as long as the sealants work and it doesn’t guzzle too much energy in keeping your groceries cool its job is done.

3D Printer

This is just a minor grizzle however, and to all those engaged in the process of devising and streamlining technology, we do say a sincere thank you. As long we hold technology in a balanced perspective, that it is a servant and not a master, then we should always remain in right relationship with it.

Previous thanksgiving article: Cartoons

The season of Lent asks of us for sacrifice and the foregoing of many things, but an attitude of joy and gratitude should not be amongst them.

As an exercise in almsgiving over the next 40 days, this webpage will joyfully give up its praise and thanks for one aspect of life, and not always necessarily a religious one.

At the outset it should be made clear the viewpoints expressed here are a matter of individual opinion. If any one item doesn’t coincide with your own personal tastes then why not seek to better it with some thanksgiving of your own rather than a critique? You are always welcome to do so at the Archdiocesan website feedback mechanism.

So we invite you to come, walk with us awhile, and be thankful as we journey together to Calvary and beyond to Easter.

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