Living in the digital age

The question facing authentic humanity is not whether technology takes over humans but rather what will we humans do with the great gifts that God has given to us. What troubles us in the depths of our souls is whether we will survive as humans or destroy ourselves.

Apr 14, 2018

By Fr John Buckley
The question facing authentic humanity is not whether technology takes over humans but rather what will we humans do with the great gifts that God has given to us. What troubles us in the depths of our souls is whether we will survive as humans or destroy ourselves. More succinctly put — is it Annihilation — we certainly have the means at our disposal. The moral choice is ours.

That great prophet George Orwell said it way back. In his masterpiece Nineteen Eighty Four, he saw that the future of humanity was at stake. Could we, in a digital age, save our race? Winston works in the Ministry of Truth. And the three slogans of the Ministry of Truth are — War Is Peace, Freedom Is Slavery, Ignorance Is Strength. The whole book is about the quest to control and dehumanise society by the few. Winston tells Julia in one of their conversations, ‘So long as human beings stay human, death and life are the same thing.’

We Catholics know, or should know that there is no Authentic Humanity apart from Christ. That is the meaning of Incarnation. St Paul knew it as did St Augustine as did St Therese of Lisieux. Because He became human — born of the Virgin Mary — every human person is sacred. Or to put it another way — every human person born into this world is an object of God’s Love revealed in Christ.

That is our Ministry of Truth and our Authentic Humanity. This is what we must do and teach in this Digital Age. Then we will have less fear and more love.

Pope Francis, to my mind one of the most Christocentric Popes since Peter, sees this clearly and does it. The Person is what matters ... People ... People ... People.

We are servants of the word of salvation
We are servants of the word of eternal life
We are servants of the word of reconciliation
We are servants of the word that ‘went out’ from God and ‘was made flesh’
We are servants of the word of Truth. --ICN

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