Now that the whirlwind has settled and I’ve had time to think. . . God is the only answer that fits the question. ~
The CREATOR ~
Just being… ~
There was a time…
when the answers people would have given would have been, God, or heaven or something similar to the ones I got to my previous post. But times have changed, as they often do, and an entity has grown out of technology into something both real and not real at the same time. The answer is to the riddle was:
resides in no one physical location, but only exists in cyberspace. What a fantastic yet somewhat frightening concept to have something be all around you that grows larger and larger each day, spanning the globe and reaching into every household. It has no substance but yet it is richer and deeper than any one book alone could quantify. It is the collective brilliance and intelligence of the human race, as well as its unspeakable foolishness. You can find anything your heart desires on the internet; from love, to hobbies, to politics, or religion. There is almost nothing you can’t learn about from it; from nuclear fusion and fission, to cooking recipes; or you can simply just lose yourself in it for hours or days in its triviality. Nothing is sacred in cyber space either. From videos of embarrassing moments, to sensitive personal information, it is all floating around out there in the digital aether. Your whole life is available for the taking with only a few proper clicks in the right combination of a mouse and keyboard.
Where is all this information stored? How do we access it to remove it? Can you touch it, taste it, smell it, hear it, or see it? Yes and no. You can see parts of the information that is displayed, but you don’t see the code, as it is, in its native form. We only see the visual representation of the data that the computer draws out for you. The real data is hidden away from the casual observer, and to the primitive mind this is all a lot like religion. In religion you accept that something exists that you cannot see nor fully understand, and that it also knows your deepest secrets. This same entity that is both everywhere and nowhere kindly reveals to you what you seek, when you seek it, and though it has no center it is ever-present but yet unknowable. In many ways, the internet has become like a type of primitive god. It is a god that commands your regular attention and it both gives and takes from your life in little sacrifices. It enriches your mind and quality of life, but diminishes your capacity to fully live. With the awareness it provides the Earth seems like a much smaller place where you can reach out to people half a planet away and even translate their language. Even today I spent several minutes talking with a man in the Antarctic; closed away from the world till winter ends and the planes can come again in the last week of October. Physically he is too far away to be reached by physical human endeavors, but via the power of the internet “god” he was only a phone call away. The universe too has become a much smaller and more knowable place. You can easily visit images of other worlds and see out into the depths of outer space through powerful space telescopes. You can also peer deep into the human body, or dissect the psyche of the mind, and even understand the inner workings of a tiny little atom. All of the great wonders of the ages are now becoming knowable to those that care to seek the answers. If any past generation could know what you know now, it would bring tears to their eyes with wonder. But there is a price for all this knowledge… the loss of real human connection. The more we connect online the more we separate from our real life around us. Our lives and minds have become so obsessed with the quick and easy consumption of knowledge that we have become impatient, rude and selfish. If you are not entertained within the first few seconds you will lose interest and walk away or change the channels.
What have we become and at what price?
When we Christians read the Bible we remember a story of two people in a garden that paid a great price for knowledge. They lost everything they knew, just to know more. Their peace and serenity was forever lost, just to understand the difference of good and evil. To know and understand the good and sweet they had, the knowledge of bitterness must also be known. This is a hard lesson to learn. No one wants to face the bitterness around us, so we learn to hide it and mask it with lies and distractions. We fill our hours of each day with things that seem to mask the shame and pain known as our life… “If only I had just one more thing to kill one more minute of my day. Distract me oh internet god!” we seem to pray as we power on and tune in to the digital aether. “Fill me up inside so that I don’t have to feel the emptiness of sorrow and loneliness that my life has become” And the internet god does grant you your wish. One more video, one more game, one more juicy piece of gossip to read. It is a good god… so it would have you to believe.
The truth is the internet is neither good nor evil. It’s only a tool that was designed to give us exactly what we most desire, and that desire is to connect, know, and share. That is basic human instinct, and we humans have created the best and worse creation of our lifetime. Nothing in history has ever influenced the human soul on any scale like the internet. The Bible in all its history cannot compare to the readers that follow the internet each day. This means that more people know youtube and facebook than know the intimacy of Jesus. In sheer numbers alone, the internet god has more followers than our Christian/Hebrew all powerful God. It has more followers and more people spend more time knowing it intimately than the creator of all things. God created man and the universe, and in return man created his own god… Ask yourself, how much time did I spend with God today? And how much time did I spend online at work, school and home on my free time? …and what god was it that won out? And what did you learn from the experience you shared with this god?
What did you give to your Creator today? And what did you take from Him?
What are you looking…