Weekly Reflection from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute Week of 12 February 2018
by Paulina French “The real danger is not that computers will begin to think like men, but that men will begin to think like computers” – Sydney J. Harris
There is also the fact that people no longer seem to believe in a happy future; they no longer have blind trust in a better tomorrow based on the present state of the world and our technical abilities. There is a growing awareness that scientific and technological progress cannot be equated with the progress of humanity and history, a growing sense that the way to a better future lies elsewhere. This is not to reject the possibilities which technology continues to offer us. But humanity has changed profoundly, and the accumulation of constant novelties exalts a superficiality which pulls us in one direction. It becomes difficult to pause and recover depth in life. If architecture reflects the spirit of an age, our megastructures and drab apartment blocks express the spirit of globalized technology, where a constant flood of new products coexists with a tedious monotony. Let us refuse to resign ourselves to this, and continue to wonder about the purpose and meaning of everything. Otherwise we would simply legitimate the present situation and need new forms of escapism to help us endure the emptiness. (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 113)
I ask for the grace to trust that my future and the future of the world I live in will be a better one.
I pray that the growing progression in technologies will make all our lives easier.
Help me to continue to see the wonder of the world I live in so that I can continue to contribute.