I listened to a radio DJ today unable to answer a question asked by a caller, he fumbled for a response and painfully struggled reading through what sounded like scribbled notes, I suspected written for him by his producer in a panic. I was disappointed he didn’t know the answer mostly because I also didn’t. The question asked roused an interest and I turned to Google. Bombarded with many search results, I was satisfied, in just a matter of minutes I had acquired knowledge sitting in the quiet of the family car.
This is what we do, when we seek and desperately need answers, when we don’t understand what is being asked, we just turn to our trusted friend, Google. Statistics prove that is because we have converted into a knowledge hungry generation that is satisfied with instant answers.
This conversation with myself got me wondering if Google wasn’t sidestepping one of the most ancient traditions of our way of life, companionship.
Google cannot cater to me specifically or discern my spirit, instead Google gives the same answer. We are all categorized under one single altered search result. Without fail a list of options is offered, for you to choose what you want and leave behind what you don’t. Maybe that is what we like, a little bit of us in every answer, choosing the one we enjoy the most, the one we feel most comfortable accepting.
I believe that the role of technology in our lives is to help provide answers and equip us with knowledge, but not something we should totally rely on and misuse. A true companion knows your name and stands beside you in prayer even when you don’t know it. They wash your feet because they know the walking of this world accumulates dirt. And their insights and wisdom is not only limited to what we ask.
Ask yourself, are you able to discern between knowledge and depth or what is specifically wrong for you? How do you expect a general search result to always be enough for you?
Originally created for a Christian Blog: Our Speaking Hearts
Cover Photo By: Sipho Biyam