Does technology separate us from ourselves, others, and God?

Nathanael Yellis By Nathanael Yellis • Last Updated May 18, 2021

A few years ago, I said that if you own a computer or phone, you had to read Technopoly. Because it changes how we think, technology changes how we live.

Is that change bad? Should it be fought?

In a wonderful essay on the importance of fishing at First Things, Leroy Huizenga concludes with this provocative statement:

The technopoly in which we live is not going away, and I’m convinced it estranges us from ourselves, from our neighbors, and from God. Reclaiming our place in the cosmos—living in harmony with ourselves, our neighbors, and God—will ever more require corporal acts of resistance putting us in touch with nature, God, and neighbor, from which technology estranges us.

 Is he right? Do we need to turn off the screens to be connected with ourselves, others, and God?



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