Returning to Reality

My latest blog entry for the Huffington Post has been published; it's called Would Thomas Merton Use an iPad? Contemplation, Technology and Discernment.Beneath the whimsical title, this post looks at a serious question: how the philosophy and spirituality of Thomas Merton might be used a compass point for considering ethical questions related to technology and society. The inspiration for this comes from a recently published book, Returning to Reality: Thomas Merton's Wisdom for a … [Read more...]

Three Generations of Technological Change

I took this picture this afternoon of Fran and Rhiannon showing off Rhiannon's (well, our, actually) new toy — an iPad — to my father. As we sat together and talked about, and explored, all that the iPad could do, my father began to talk about how when he was younger, television was such an innovative technology. "My next door neighbor had one, and kept telling me I should buy one, as it was the wave of the future," he mused. I asked him how old he was when he saw a TV for the first time. "I was … [Read more...]

Quotes for the Day

The tragedy of modern man is that his creativity, his spirituality, and his contemplative independence are inexorably throttled by a superego that has sold itself without question or compromise to the devil of technology....The contemplative seeks to liberate his soul from all external control, to purify and detach it from material, sensual, and even spiritual compulsions, and to surrender it to the truth and creative freedom of the Holy Spirit. — Thomas Merton, The Inner Experience: Notes o … [Read more...]


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