Deeper Thought: Online Fatigue
I recently looked over some old manuscripts and it was surprising to see that I've preached on the dangers of the disembodied life while pleading for more thoughtful use of digital tools in up to one-third of my sermons at Resurrection Clinton Hill. I've often said, "Technology is a tool for you to use. If your technology is using you, you're the tool." And here we are, so many of us, reduced to virtual life: virtual work, virtual meals, virtual travel, virtual play, virtual church, virtual everything. And do you know what? I am thankful for these gifts. So very thankful. The internet is allowing many of us to remain connected in important ways. It is a gift not to be taken for granted, for there are many of us less fortunate: those who are sick, who've lost jobs, who are forced to work on the front lines or risk their lives in essential services to keep our world afloat on the surface of this abyss. And yet, if you are fortunate enough to be well, and to be connecting with workplaces or friends and family through the internet, you know more than ever in your life––perhaps for the first time––what it means to crave and ache for something less uncanny, more embodied, more real. And that is a good longing. Here is an article that employs a Neil Postman- or Wendell Berry-like interrogation of the attenuated life we find ourselves living. You know, so we can use our tools rather than letting them use us.