EVERY age is perceived by its occupants with a mixture of pessimism and optimism.
What’s the balance of optimism and pessimism in technology-dependent 2013? Social psychologist Barry Schwartz says todays world offers us more choices but, ironically, less satisfaction.
“As a culture, we are enamored of freedom, self-determination, and variety, and we are reluctant to give up any of our options,’’ he writes in The Paradox of Choice.
“But clinging tenaciously to all the choices available to us contributes to bad decisions, to anxiety, stress, and dissatisfaction _ even to clinical depression.’’
One of the obstacles to modern relationships is what could be called the religion of rush.
Still, as Australian poet, James McAuley wrote in 1954: “In spite of all that might be said against our age, what a moment it is to be alive.’’
There is still the nuclear threat, the hole in the ozone layer, political instability, fear of economic meltdown or a collision with a meteorite.
No one knows where the biological and computer revolutions are taking us.
There are some things only God knows.
And one day God will decide to bring the cosmic story to a close and that will be the end of the world, the end of history, the end of time as we know it. There will be no reincarnation and no second chances.
But, for the moment, life goes on.
To play out our story successfully, we should know that technology is a gift from God. But it’s not the most important one.