Just something interesting in the news:
Italy’s Catholics are asked to stop texting, silence iPods, stay offline during Lent
By ARIEL DAVID, Associated Press Writer
10:37 AM PST, March 4, 2009
ROME (AP) — Roman Catholic bishops in Italy are urging the faithful to go on a high-tech fast for Lent, switching off modern appliances from cars to iPods and abstaining from surfing the Web or text messaging until Easter.
The suggestion goes far beyond no-meat Fridays, giving a modern twist to traditional forms of abstinence in the five-week period Christians set aside for fasting and prayer ahead of Easter.
And it shows the Church’s increasing focus on technology’s uses — with many of the Lenten appeals posted on various dioceses’ Web sites.
Read more here.
Remember a while back, the Vatican released a new list of mortal sins. This is just a reminder that as the world changes, so do its religions, morals, and ethics–all of them being man-made social structures.
No matter how constant ideas seem to be today, how these structures evolve and what they will evolve into, are totally unpredictable. For instance, I wonder how people’s idea of worship will be when man starts migrating to space? Or when we start growing new organs from stem cells? Or when intelligent robots become our laborers?
Exponential times call for exponential philosophy.