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We are often told that technology is neutral That its neither good orbad but can be used for either But this is not true Technology doessomething to us While it may not be inherently evil it has affects usin ways that we need to be aware of illustrationIf you stop to observe the people around you youll notice thateveryone is using electronic devices Too many times youll see peopleeating dinner with each other but rather than engaging in conversationtheyre glued to their electronic devices Regardless of whether theyretexting checking Facebook or playing games they arent present withthose around them Question What electronic devices or programs are you addicted to Howwould it affect you to unplugIf were honest most of us fall into this trap We live in theboundaries of our lives rather than the core Our conversations withothers revolve around celebrities media the weather and other thingsthat arent close to us We prefer fabricated realities to what is trulyreal Maybe this is why we struggle with our identitiesWe need to be aware of how our electronic devices help us escape Ratherthan worrying about whether a certain technology is good or bad weshould be asking How does it impact us How is it impacting how werelate to each other How does it impact our presencePresence is being fully in the moment Its mindful concentrationtasting what were eating being with people and experiencing both thejoy and suffering of life rather than trying to avoid it In ourtechnological world its easy to escape reality and create a differentreality for yourself online - avoiding presence and what is trulyhappeningSee Matthew 2732-35 and Mark 1522-23Both of these passages chronicle the same event but one detail isdifferent Matthews account records the wine offered to Jesus as beingmixed with gall Mark says it was mixed with Myrrh Gall was a substancethat would help alleviate pain Myrrh would make it taste betterWhether it was mixed with either or both Jesus refused
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