ecoTrain QOTW #9.4: Spirituality and Technology

in ecoTrainlast year (edited)

As we all know technology has been a life-changing tool that has been introduced to the world and in so many areas we cannot deny the fact that technology has aided and made life more effective and simplified.

In our day to day, we use technology for various reasons and there is no denying that life is way better than it was a few years ago because of certain technological advancements but can technology and spirituality live together?

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First of all, before going further I will like to define what technology and spirituality means and according to dictionary.com technology is the branch of knowledge that deals with the creation and use of technical means and their interrelation with life, society, and the environment, drawing upon such subjects as industrial arts, engineering, applied science, and pure science while spirituality is predominantly spiritual character as shown in thought, life, etc.; spiritual tendency or tone.

If you look at these definitions you would see no reason why these things cannot live together or even aid each other to be better.

SO THE QUESTION IS CAN TECHNOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY LIVE TOGETHER?

Well, In my opinion, speaking from a Christian view, we were taught that every inspiration comes from God and since every inspiration comes from God, you would have to ask yourself that “wouldn’t technology also be from God” and if it is from God, wouldn’t it be used to aid our spirituality.

For me, I believe that technology aids spirituality in so many ways and is essential if used properly and like all things, there will always be a disadvantage and an advantage so it all boils down to how it is used.

HOW DOES TECHNOLOGY AID SPIRITUALITY?

There are so many ways that technology and spirituality live together and I’ll be talking about a few.

  1.  Our spirituality can be aided through the use of meditation applications because meditation is important to clear our minds as spiritual beings and having these applications through technology make it easier to access.
    
  2.  Through eBooks and spiritual applications like the Bible: technology has made it easier to access certain books that would boost our knowledge on spirituality.
    
  3.  Technology has made attending Church services and fellowships more convenient because through technology even in the lockdown most Christians were still able to attend fellowship from the comfort of their homes.
    
  4.  With the aid of technology, our churches use certain tools like projectors, tablets, etc. to make performance better.
    
  5.  Lastly, with the help of technology, spirituality can be spread with the use of social media, television, etc.
    

SOME NEGATIVE OF TECHNOLOGY TO SPIRITUALITY

While there are so many positives of technology to spirituality, there are also some negative that could be associated with technology and the major one would be that since technology comes from science and science works with evidence, the majority of the time spirituality is tagged as nonexistent because there is no scientific proof to back up certain claims that are made.

Due to this, there is a lot of argument and disbelief that comes and certain spiritual people would advise against the use of science/technology.

Also, the use of technology brings so many distractions especially to young people and certain habits can be learned by using these devices which can hinder spirituality to an extent.

THE BALANCE BETWEEN TECHNOLOGY AND SPIRITUALITY

Finally, Like all things, I feel like there needs to be a balance and the balance between these two areas is simply bringing forth an awareness that each of them has a place in society and while there are certain preferences with certain people to both, they are still essential and sometimes need each other to coexist.


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bringing forth an awareness that each of them has a place in society

Truly I agree with you that both have their place and can co exist without any issue if we truly understand the power of balance. Thanks for sharing.

I think the problem is everyone is trying to make one look superior but they can simply co-exist.

An intriguing question with evidence based response. I applaud you on this Khaleesii, you've proving your points beautifully and I agree with you. Much love💗

Thank you so much, this topic was really intriguing to me, had to think a lot and try so much not to confuse myself.

Agree, we need to stablish a balance between technology and our spirituality and moral guidelines, we can't let technology dominate over on us but the other way around, using technology to do good thing in the world.

Of course, technology can't dominate spirituality because for me technology comes from spirituality and inspirations.

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Nowadays world depends on technology

It but that doesn't mean spirituality isn't important.

Sadly, this "habits" have proven very disastrous. Like when a youth would get up in the morning, not thank their creator for life and go ahead to grab their phones because... Well ...

But whatever has an advantage always seems to come with lots of disadvantages.

I think even I am guilty of that but oh well, trying to be better, I guess it's one of the disadvantages of being reliant on technology.

My dear you're not the only one o 😟

😆 you see

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It is always apt to find a balance in everything. Technology helps everything but I find that the over reliance on it makes one lose sight of his purpose. Thanks for this.

Exactly, I feel like there is a lot of reliance on technology and most people would claim it is better than everything.

You should also acknowledge that there are some atheists. So to them technology and science is the ultimate.

Well, it all boils down to the phrase "to each their own", people have right to their own beliefs.

I couldn’t agree more that both spirituality and technology can coexist together.

The issue comes from us humans who have our selfish desires and push on certain narratives to suit our motives.

I think everyone wants their ideologies to reign supreme and that can't happen so there will always be strife.

Definitely.

In the end, we have to think for ourselves and take our own stand to avoid being swayed by all sorts of narratives.

It is easy to be swayed though, I think that is why strong-willed people reign supreme.

Very true.

Hello @khaleesii good job, hugs

Thank you so much.

Nicely written. I must say I agree with all you've said here.

Thank you.

You have put forward quite valid points. ...
Mmmn. I think as much as the the technology is growing, science is understanding the evidence behind spiritual happenings

Science can't understand spiritual happening, it is spiritual for a reason.

I think it's debatable 😊

I guess so.