Do you ever stop to think what the world will be like a hundred years from now? I don't think about it very much, but I do dwell quite often on the advancements and digressions we've made over the past hundred years. I'll often trail off during a conversation because I picture ornate characters from the past listening to our present conversations. What would people from the turn of the century think if they saw a multitude of people talking to each other on small mobile devices--or writing to each other with instant delivery on those same gadgets? What would they think even if they just overheard a conversation? In every day life, most of our conversation revolves around ideals of the modern day world. I wonder if it would almost be like a language barrier for someone who lived a hundred years ago. Granted, the moment they began to grasp the vast progress we've made in technology, they would be overwhelmed and excited!
Our world is not fizzling out. We still have as much wit, intellect, motivation, and I'd even dare to say wisdom as we've ever had. True, culture has changed. But what does that really have to do with the basics of humanity? Generational differences are based purely off of elements of life that are lost and gained in translation. The greatest digression I see in our world is larger scale than humanity. Because humanity is made up of individuals. Our greatest downfall is forming in the same way water droplets turn into a stream; one man after another, turning into a mass of diseased water. Place a man on the strings where so many have been before, and he'll end up at the same dead end--suddenly at the mercy of the body of crippled examples that he's become one with.
Seeing the movie Wall-e strangely opened my eyes to the digression of human independence. When professional action was taken to save humanity without its earth, men, women, and children became slaves to convenience. In the process of surviving, they ceased to live.
My dad brought something to my attention that really resonated with me. The first action that was ever taken in the earth's existence was work. God created. I would consider this the first real example for mankind. Take work away from the lives of people, and you essentially get drones--all of our latest technology can be uploaded and downloaded from our minds. Take the experience of struggle and success out of the programming of minds, and you have a world consisting of three principle processes: Observe, Adapt, Repeat
It's a sad reality. Our world...our universe has made so many advances. We've taken God's inherent example to create, and used it to create worlds inside of worlds. We've used it to examine and translate the beautiful life that God put on this earth. And all of it....every single beautiful, masterful, product of mankind points back to one Source--the Creator of all.
For thus saith the LORD that created the heavens; God himself that formed the earth and made it; he hath established it, he created it not in vain, he formed it to be inhabited: I am the LORD; and there is none else.
The glory of the LORD shall endure for ever: the LORD shall rejoice in his works.
Every single man is a creation, and we are all designed in the image of the Lord. We were all created to inhabit the earth and take His example of work into our own implementation. "The glory of the Lord shall endure forever!"
So, in a sense, I think our greatest downfall has been that we have taken our great privilege of inhabiting God's great creation, and lost our identity. We've fallen for generic standards such as easily produced food resources, easy forms of communication, fashion trends, cheap moral values, and artificial security. All for the sake of convenience. Because of these assembly line lifestyles, we are taking the advantage of a perfect Creator for granted in so many ways.
Advancements in technology, entertainment, art forms, networking, and so much more are results of the great minds that God gave us. So, instead of shunning the works of man, let's take a stand. Children of the Almighty God can look at things through the eyes of wonder that Jesus has given, and be driven to create even bigger and greater things. Not for the sake of convenience, but for the praise of God's enduring magnificence!