Hope you are doing well. The weather has been a little better, though we had some rain which might not have been good for some farmers. But hopefully things will eventually get better.
This past Monday the day did not start well for me. After I got up and finished my morning duties, I went to work on my computer, which resisted to start up right away. I tried all my little tricks to get it started, but it would not budge at all. I was really disappointed and upset because I thought I could not get things done for that day. Then we (Caren came to help me out, but she also could not fix it) called the technician about the issue and he told us that the CPU should be brought to him and he would get it fixed right away for me. With a sigh of little relief, I took the CPU to the technician and he meddled with it for few minutes and guess what he told me: “I think it has some deeper trouble. I have to clone it with a new driver and then I will give it back to you, maybe in the evening.”
That was not a good response or it was a response I least expected. Then I had to come back home hoping that I would get my computer at least by the evening. After a few minutes of my coming to my office, I get a call with a question from the technician, “Are there any important files on your computer?” That gave me an utter shock. I said, “Yes. Why do you ask me that?” He said, “I am going to re-install the software on the computer. I will try to recover the files as much as I can but just letting you know that you may lose some files.” I am still in anxiety as to how much of my files he could save or recover or how many I am going to lose.
Much of our life has become an E-Life. Our life has almost completely become dependent on electronic materials. We have become so dependent on it that even for simple calculation like addition we need to look for a calculator. I saw on Facebook that in a school they are planning to remove the analog clocks because the kids are not able to read the analog clock. This shows how blunt our minds are becoming. We are taught and we teach to use the electronic things rather than to use our mind/brain. This brings us to a state of addiction. This addiction to the electronic stuff pulls away people from each other to the extent that even if we live in the same house or apartments, we become strangers to each other. This is not a good sign of a healthy life of a society.
Imagine a day when any or all of these electronic things stop working for some unknown reasons. All the people will become vegetative. We will be alive but we cannot do anything except to walk about here and there. I am not saying that the electronics are bad. They are good as long as we decide how we use or control them. But if there is a situation where the electronic things are going to determine what we need to do, that is going to be too dangerous. I am not saying this just because my computer messed up with me but I have been thinking of it for long. We need to spend more time with people rather than with the electronic gadgets. The working condition of the brain is on the decrease as the usage of these electronic stuff is on the increase. We need to get back to normalcy. We need to relate with people. Talk with them. Understand them. Love them. Share with them. Communicate with them. Take a walk with them. Dialogue with them. (After all they do not have a hard drive which will need a reboot or re-installation). This does not cost anything. This is all about the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity.
May the Trinitarian God bless and guide you.
Fr. A. Antony