Technology and Grace

liizuliizu (Posted by) Level 3
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Anyone who makes a sweeping generalization about the inability of technology to being a means and mediator of grace has had a very narrow experience. They have never seen someone living in a foreign land for a long time reconnect with an old friend from back in their home country. For that matter, they must never have seen someone who was sad or suffering take momentary but real comfort from a cat video. But they have probably had the experience of having products or music recommended to them by an AI, and yet failed to appreciate this development in technology, indeed to marvel in awe at it. It is not fully human, but it does things that are truly remarkable.

Technology has an impact on us, but a lot depends on how we respond to it, engage with its effect on us, and interpret it. A recent article by Chelsea Wald in Nautilus began this way:

Condition - Sidewalk - Rage - Friend - Walker

Not long ago I diagnosed myself with the recently identified condition of sidewalk rage. It’s most pronounced when it comes to a certain friend who is a slow walker. Last month, as we sashayed our way to dinner, I found myself biting my tongue, thinking, I have to stop going places with her if I ever want to …...
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