Implications of technology and Spirituality -
..don't let that deter you from nam simran, evolution will advance what it favours to be conducive to the greater good.
The world will continue to be more connected
...definitely ! Look how we're connected to the "word" [Gurbani] thx to the wonders of information society.
and yet on the current flight path humanity appears to be become more isolated and self-centered,
..depends how you see the glass, half full or half empty ! There are pros n cons, but as a Sikh, Guru Arjun Dev Ji nipped in the bud, thus, "tera bhanna metha lagay" [whatever n whosoever, you're the doer O' Lord].
a new "unreality" e-paradigm ( "existing" more and more in a social media "ether " - modern "oppressor" ).
..how would you define reality ? The old boundaries of private life have shifted. The more the technology has allowed us to share, the more we've embraced it. Social media brings out confessions, inclinations, orientations, etc, allows us to sell and promote convictions and personalities and relate to the "oneness" in the many right across the globe via social networking. The veil between private life n piublic life is growing thin and becoming more transparent as an open book, no more secrets. Moreover, the compression of time and space [www], stretching of relations across vast distances and the spirit of globalisation is perhaps bringing humankind to that ultimate unity.
The immediate nature and the vastness and availability of media & information and technology , controlled by a very few Corporations, becomes a growing societal burden and illness.
..huh ! burden ? Look at the strengths of the Information Society, we no longer rely on agriculture and manufacturing to fuel the economy, it is knowledge and information that is at the economic core. The availablity of information is facilitated by new communications technologies which some see as revolutionising society [or mordernising].
It maybe argued Society does not face the same adversities and inequalities
..these social dynamics are inherent to social organisations and in some respects necessary.
as were present during the Guruship era
...Guruship is eternal, meaning Guru was, Guru is and Guru will be, one need to rise to that level of awareness and understanding.
however today mankind is facing a new signficant disruptive invisible oppressor provided by a technology interface that continues to consume and degrade the Spiritual nature of Man , so how do you bring and layer the wisdom of the SGGS to one of the modern oppressors of humanity - technology and information overload.
..pls elaborate, invisible oppressor !
Is and will the internet/social media technology (Modern Maya) etc continue erode and degrade Mankind's search for Spiritual existence ?
....humankind has advanced beyong belief, approaching a more complete fulfillment of that great and sacred mission which has to be performed in this world, hence the reason why humankind was created after the image of God. Humankind has to discover the laws by which God governs the creation and by making these laws the standards of their action to conquer nature for their own use, thus themselves, divine instruments.
Where will the ubiquitous consumption of the immediacy of the world wide web and its "here and now" of the dreamlike belief of the "all knowing" consumer lead to ?
...the real you, meaning God !