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Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Technology cannot be avoided

Wabi-Sabi*


Extremism in anything is bad.

Even to pass on this message of feeling of  annoyance  against technology one has to use technology.

Unloving criticism is as bad as uncritical love- both are susceptible to overlook facts and realities.

Some years ago a well known swamiji was sermonizing about the utter uselessness of materialism which he said ‘was not required for life’ at all.

I just went near the stage and switched off the mike.

It has become a fashion to condemn everything modern and predominantly used by the present generation and also by all or many at present.

Surprisingly this tendency to put down modern trends-irrespective of their importance, impact and also indispensability in some cases- is even adopted by institutions which are supposed to promote them.

Drucker forum conducted a conference last year titledClaiming our humanity in the digital ageand I did write a rejoinder


Instead they start viewing them as something against all things old and start viewing it as different and dividing factor.

 They all forget the inevitable polarity principle in nature and evolution.

As a result of this wrong perspective and attitude there is an unending list of ‘versus’:-

Faithful versus unfaithful;

Religious versus irreligious;  

Science versus Religion;

Science or religion versus spirituality;

Tradition versus taboo;

Technology versus Humanity;

I can elaborate the damage it has done to the development of humanity leading to petrified ideologies, putrefied perspectives, puerile interpretation of many things and view various  polarity principles as paradoxes.

Recently I had to refute a great scholar on this.

Technology is religion and gadgets are the new gods.


Humanity and Technology- let us not see it as humanity versus technology


Paradoxes or Polarity



SCIENCE AND SPIRITUALITY


*Japanese  word:- Much has been written on this Japanese concept, but in a sentence, one might be able to understand it as “a way of living that focuses on finding beauty within the imperfections of life and accepting peacefully the natural cycle of growth and decay.”


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