If we are going to save humanity from technology
we need to emphasize the human need for
This is where religion can be extremely valuable –
in humanizing technology.
On the positive side of technology,
Pierre Teilhard de Chardin, a Jesuit priest
envisioned technology gathering human energy
deepening love/global consciousness
and an awareness of ‘interbeing’ –
we are all part of an interweaving body
of life/love/motion we call the Uni-verse –
the One Cosmic Poem.
The problem with our contemporary world
is dissociating art/morals/technology
from each other and from religion:
not only pre-rational mythic spirituality
was rightly rejected
but also rational postmodern spirituality –
were left to answer the deepest question
“What is of ultimate concern?”
with only art/morals/technology
allowed to give an answer –
progressive religion was excluded from the debate.
In spite of this we have made moral progress –
we now recognize systems of injustice
rather than individuals cause immoral behaviour –
we have lifted the burden of responsibility off each person
and placed it squarely on the shoulders of corrupt systems
the individual is inevitably enmeshed in.
In any case, Truth cannot impose itself on our hearts
except by virtue of it being true.
Religions therefore must be free to speak their truth
without trying to coerce civil society.
Healthy spirituality could be an anchor for civilization
preventing it from being swept away by the current –
the overwhelming flood of technology.