Back in the Electronic Age

I often make a joke about what would happen if all of our modern electronics suddenly stop working. Do you know what would happen? We would be thrown back all the way to the 1970s.

Some people feel that modern electronics is more of a hindrance than it is a convenience. I was able to decide for myself this week as my incredible four-year-old phone’s battery died. As I began to miss important calls, and meetings with my accountability coach, I started to feel the years melting backward.

 Four years is not a long time, yet I started by looking at getting a new phone. Because I was in the middle of a plan change, I was not authorized to purchase a new phone online. I was told to go to a local store.

I went to a store in the mall, and the clerk advised me to go to the repair center for a new battery. The repair center was amazed that the phone’s battery had lasted the four years and they asked me what I wanted to do. It turns out four-year-old phone batteries are not always available, even at the repair center.

The people at the repair center were very kind though.  They checked out my account online and helped guide me to a phone that would do what I needed and fit into my limited budget.  They made the transition fast and even transferred my apps and data from my old phone to my new one. 

I truly appreciated the folks who helped me, and I am in a far better place than I was two days ago.  For now, I am comfortably back in the electronic age and ready to move forward into Tomorrowland.

If you have a chance, please give me a call.

I hope we can be together again tomorrow.

 

Good or Evil

Like all great things, the computer has within it the ability to produce great good, and at the same time evil and aggravation. Actually, the computer is just a set of circuits. It is built out of silicon and other minerals and there to do the bidding of whoever controls it, and puts it into action. My contention is that evil does not live in inanimate objects. Neither does good.

Good and evil lives within people. Thousands of years ago when we lived in villages and did not know where the next settlement was, the good and evil were able to stay right there in that one community, although every community had good and evil within it.

As we migrated throughout the world and grew in numbers, so did right, and so did wrong. Today, from any room in our home or even outside of it, each person can reach anywhere on earth, or in orbit and communicate with anyone else. That means good has a worldwide reach. From anywhere in the world to anywhere. And because of that, so does evil.

Remember it is not the equipment or the inanimate objects which allow the reach to every part of the world that causes good or evil. What causes good or evil are the people making the connections. So, before you connect with one another, you have a burden. Your burden is to think. So is mine.

We must think of whether or not we’re doing good or evil. We must consider this with the thought of both intentional and unintentional consequences. If we do good for others, we do good for ourselves. If we do evil unto others, we are only doing evil unto ourselves.

As an experiment, Please look at today’s picture and tell in the comments if you think it is good or evil.

Heavy thoughts for Friday, yet something to think about for a weekend or more.

Thanks for being with me today and have a great weekend.