It occurred to me that someone could get the idea from my last post that I hate cell phones. If I may put this in a spiritual context (this IS a Christian blog, after all), I may not like the technology, but I do not hate the cell phone owners.
As I said, there have been times when cell phones have done some good. And no, I do not honestly believe that cell phones are really a blight on our society (not too much of one, anyway). I may have exercised a little hyperbole to make my point about proper use in funerals, church services and other situations where they do not need to be used.
It is just that we are becoming a slave to technology. We have created all of these wonderful gizmos that are able to do so many things, and yet as it turns out, they rule our lives. Think about it: someone invents an alarm clock, now it tells us when to get up (okay, maybe that is a little extreme). But how long are we up in the morning before we log onto the internet to check our blog and e-mail? We go to work, and in most cases look at our computer to find out what it wants us to get done that day. Some of us are at the mercy of a coffee-maker, hair-dryer, microwave or refrigerator.
Have you ever been in an extended power outage? If you have, you realize how much free time you suddenly have on your hands when there is no electricity.
I realize the irony of writing about this on a computer and publishing it on the internet. I think this proves I am not the enemy of technology. My point is, when we let technology alter our behavior, cause us to act rudely or recklessly, or make us to be unaware of what is going on around us we have allowed it to become our master.
What I have shared with you is just one man’s opinion. I hope that we all will take inventory of our time, our life and our behavior and make sure that we are not under the thumb of things that were intended to be our tools.