Digital Technology Serves Humanity

I believe that oftentimes in our culture we forget what is the master and the servant. Take technology for example. My 11-year old son recently reminded me that technology is any material or tool that helps you get something done, even if that is a rock and a stick (images of MacGyver dance in my head). That's right, even the simple things we easily view as tools (our servants) are technology. Even paper and a pencil. What a great reminder that this thing I'm sitting front of isn't the center of my universe and it doesn't rule me.

My MacBook Pro, as beautiful as it is, is only a tool to help me get things done, like right blogs, plan schedules, think in fast mind maps, communicate, create presentations and so on. And we have to work this digital technology in with our own personal preferences and styles. I, for instance, would love to keep a calendar via the computer somehow. Yet, even with my iPhone, a Me.com account, and all the synchronization that is offered to me, I still find that a paper calendar works best. For me. I need the sensation of writing with a pencil. And I need about an 8.5 x 11 landscape format with the week laid out as days in columns, side-by-side. Anything different and I miss appointments and feel an odd sense of disconnectedness from my schedule.

You see, just because the digital technology is available doesn't mean you must use it. It's a tool, after all. And I'm the master of my life and the information that I need and want to move through it.

Bonus round: One of my favorite quotes perfectly embodies another area that I believe our culture has a tough time keeping straight in terms of what serves what...
"The intuitive mind is a sacred gift and the rational mind its faithful servant. We have created a society that honors the servant and has forgotten the gift." Albert Einstein
Bronze Age spearhead photo by Wessex Archaeology. License: Creative Commons-Noncommercial-Share Alike.