First of all, I need to say thank you for the outpouring of love and support all during Eloise’s illness and during my adjustment to her graduation to the Kingdom of Heaven. I really appreciate all of your kindnesses.
I read one article that made me think (which I’m sure was the author’s point!) about the numerous demonstrations, rallies and bitter arguments which are seeming to escalate all the time. Katherine Viner wrote in an article entitled, “How technology disrupted the truth” that it has been 25 years since the first website went online. “It is clear,” she says, “that we are living through a period of dizzying transition. For 500 years after Gutenberg, the dominant form of information was the printed page: knowledge was primarily delivered in a fixed format, one that encouraged readers to believe in stable and settled truths. Now, we are caught in a series of confusing battles between opposing forces: between truth and falsehood, fact and rumor, kindness and cruelty, between the few and the many, the connected and the alienated; between the open platform of the web as its architects envisioned it and the gated enclosures of Facebook and other social networks; between an informed public and a misguided mob.”
“What is common to these struggles –and what makes their resolution an urgent matter,” Viner says, “is that they all involve the diminishing status of truth. This does not mean that there are no truths. It simply means…that we cannot agree on what those truths are, and when there is no consensus about the truth and no way to achieve it, chaos soon follows. Increasingly, what counts as a fact is merely a view that someone feels to be true –and technology has made it very easy for these “facts” to circulate with a speed and reach that was unimaginable in the Gutenberg era (or even a decade ago).”
I don’t know about you, but I find that I need to ground myself in what we used to call ‘the Gospel Truth,’ or those things from the Bible that are absolutely true. This season of Lent, the 40 days crossed by 6 Sundays leading up to Easter is a good time use the methods of fasting, prayer and scripture reading/study to regain our footing in truth so we’ll be sure of where we stand. I hope to see you at the Church-house!
Grace and peace,