Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Fearless in a Digital World

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

Fearless in a Digital World

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Many of us have days when life seems obscured in a complexity of new technology. "It's hard to say exactly when it happened," began one segment from CBS News' 60 Minutes, "but sometime during the past 10 years, most of us involuntarily surrendered a big chunk of our lives to computers, and to other networking devices that contain computer chips.... We are becoming slaves to our own technology ..." ("Get Me The Geeks!" Jan. 28, 2007, updated Dec. 30).

It's not that people fail to recognize how innovation has made life easier and more enriched, telescoping time and distance, opening up the world in ways their grandparents never dreamed possible. But technological advancement can collapse into a burden of simply having more to learn or do or file. This can make a person feel more isolated than empowered.

It's not about simply digging in one's heels and bucking technological advancement (as if we could); there's too much good in the innovation. But for the sake of true progress and balanced living, it's important to winnow the chaff from the wheat. We never need to surrender even the smallest "chunk" of our lives to forces that dominate. It's not about having to endure a little bad along with the good. Centuries ago, Moses heard the divine Mind speaking to him this way: "Thou shalt have no other gods before me" (Ex. 20:3). We need one good and all-powerful God in our online and off- line moments, along with humility that echoes Jesus' words "I can of mine own self do nothing" (John 5:30).

According to the Science of Christianity, which Mary Baker Eddy discovered in the Bible and particularly in the teachings of Jesus, "man" - each of us - was created as "the compound idea of God, including all right ideas" ("Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures," p. 475). Eclipsing even the technology revolution, this spiritual identification is revolutionary throughout all time. We each exist as the complete embodiment of all the good, perfect, coherent ideas in the one universe of the divine Mind. …

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