Someone recently sent me this article from the NYT called "Hooked on Gadgets, and Paying a Mental Price". (View at http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/07/technology/07brain.html?scp=1&...
) It tells the story of a 40-something guy's relationship to technology (pretty standard for most people I know, I actually) and claims "Technology is rewiring our brains." It takes a look at the pluses and minuses of multi-tasking and the results of the barrage on the brain.
I am reminded of Jung's words: "We are awakening a little to the feeling that something is wrong in the
world, that our modern prejudice of overestimating the importance of
the intellect and the conscious mind might be false. We want
simplicity. We are suffering, in our cities, from a need of simple
things…." (in Americans Must Say 'No' in McGuire, William, and Hull, R.F.C., eds., C.G. Jung Speaking (Princeton: University Press, 1977))
The topic of technology and the fast pace at which the world is moving came up in a group discussion recently and someone suggested it's not that technology is evil, but that we get caught up in it, and culturally, we tend to abandon ourselves and the sacred in order to maintain the pace (or be inundated by it) full-time. Jung said the loss of connection to our instincts and to nature has been devastating to us. Perhaps now is the time to take a few moments and step outside, or look at the sky, or light a candle in ritual, or just take a long deep breath and appreciate something bigger and more simple....
How do you feel about the pace of the world we live in today?