Many people look at the internet as the greatest invention of all time. All the vast body of human knowledge constantly at hand, able to be called into service at any moment — they exclaim — is a modern miracle. A real miracle of science if there ever was one. Besides all this, there is the incredible connective power of the internet. These things are considered as more than sufficient justification for the optimism techies feel for the future. Equipped thus with unfathomable human wisdom and limitless human connection, we are eager to refashion the world into something smarter, happier, healthier, and more just.
That’s the theory, anyways. So far, however, what we have reaped is an impressive harvest of people who have managed to defy the Flynn Effect and seem remarkably opposed to associating with people who do not agree with their worldview or know how to cater to their increasingly delicate sensitivities.
Algorithms, which enjoy far more respect than the unborn, now routinely help to connect people more efficiently to those things which they already want to see, hear, feel, and buy and keep them safe from all else. Just imagine once this stuff is hooked up directly to the human mind. Just imagine!
Imagine, if you will, the whole world-wide web keeping you safe from unpleasant thoughts. It’s easy if you try.
God fashioned us and has kept us fit by wisely planting us in an environment which offers plenty of things disagreeable to our comfort. Over the millennia, the rigors of nature have chiseled our minds and bodies into near-perfection, but the Industrial Revolution — which is the false-gift of Satan — has been working the overturn of all of that.
Do not pride yourself on the knowledge your phone has. The access to knowledge is not equal to the possession of knowledge. Moreover, the possession of knowledge is one thing while the masterful application of knowledge is quite another.
Nobody can achieve wisdom — nobody can achieve the masterful application of knowledge — without spending a great deal of time in quiet periods of reflection. And that reflection is best spent upon knowledge that did not come to you through algorithms.
We need to disconnect from the noise of modernity as much as possible. We need to spend a great deal of time in reflection. Try to go a whole day every week without any screens, plus at least one waking hour without them the other 6 days. We need to do this in order to be the people our families need us to be and the people God wills us to be. Big and terrible trials await us. Algorithm people and their algorithm gods are more than capable of soon unleashing a hell on earth.