Technology evolves rapidly. It evolves because it complements with the discoveries made by science as well as philosophies that support it. Because of its rapid growth, it has drastically affected the human person in few years. Indeed, man is the innovator of the technology. At the same time, however, he is also affected by its growth. With the spread of technology, a critical question is asked: what is progress then? The document Rapid Development shows our present context, as well as the Church’s response to technology.
In this case, technology finds its locus on the world of communications. It is where we are familiar at most. If we ask a person say, living in the urban, about “communication”, the first aspect that may come into his mind is “technology”. If not, then he may mention about Internet, Facebook, Twitter, 3G, WiFi, cellphones, iPad, and so on. This is interesting. For communications is aligned with technology. Man, therefore, finds technology as an effective motor for communications. Most people find it positive to use technology for communicating people from diverse regions. But what then, is the notion of progress?
To scrutinize the present mentality regarding the notion of ‘progress’, we look at it by ourselves. This means we have to be active in what we see or hear in the mass media. Some of us receive information from mass media without being critical. What happens is that we assimilate everything as if it is acceptable, and later on, we feel saturated. If there is no discipline in using these things, we would be the ones to suffer. We feel exhausted. We feel tired. We will be confused. What is then the notion of progress? Maturity and self-discipline.
The Church, through this document Rapid Development, aptly reminds those responsible for social communications. With the rapid growth of mass media technology, it comes with the emergence of a mentality attached to mass media technology. The Church teaches us today that while mass media offers powerful means to communicate, we must be vigilant enough not to be absorbed by mass media itself. Mass media is not equal to our life. There are aspects in our life more fundamental than the complexities of mass media. Sometimes, our perennial questions can be answered apart from mass media. Authentic happiness is not something equal to ‘having’ mass media.
True progress? Approach information critically.