Weekly Reflection from CPLO and the Jesuit Institute Week of 5 February 2018
by Paulina French “We are becoming the servants in thought, as in action, of the machine we have created to serve us.” – John Kenneth Galbraith
It can be said that many problems of today’s world stem from the tendency, at times unconscious, to make the method and aims of science and technology an epistemological paradigm which shapes the lives of individuals and the workings of society. The effects of imposing this model on reality as a whole, human and social, are seen in the deterioration of the environment, but this is just one sign of a reductionism which affects every aspect of human and social life. We have to accept that technological products are not neutral, for they create a framework which ends up conditioning lifestyles and shaping social possibilities along the lines dictated by the interests of certain powerful groups. Decisions which may seem purely instrumental are in reality decisions about the kind of society we want to build. (Pope Francis, Laudato Si’, 107)
I ask for the grace to not allow technology to shape and dictate my lifestyle in such a way that I lose my humanity and compassion for others.
Help me to recognise that decisions I make using my access to technology will impact on the society and environment I live in.