Last week, it was Amish farmers who saw the mark of the beast in RFID technology
Religion seems to want to reclaim an increasing role in everyday life ..
But let’s not forget one more very tragic story .. Praying man let his daughter die rather than seeking medical care
Why does religion hate social networks?
Here is my view ..
Religion lends a form of identity.
Identity is defined more by what you ‘cannot do’ rather than what you ‘can do’ ..
So, religion is based on restrictions (don’t eat this, restrictions on sexuality, on women’s rights etc etc)
Much of which over the years has been built sometimes by force ..
Now, social networking (web and mobile) creates more relationships – and thus more things / ideas you CAN do.. These relationships bring more ideas, more contacts – often which contradict the existing ideas. The web created these ideas and mobile will accelerate them globally to the smallest farmers in Asia and Africa.
This will create a new GLOBAL identity .. Which is a threat to the existing identities which many of us take for granted today(including religion)
Let me come back to the father who let his child die because he prayed for her .. and everyone will be sorry for both the father(who is well meaning within his frame of reference) and also the daughter ..
This tragic(but well meaning) mindset can arise more in a ‘closed ecosystem’ i.e. your ideas and thoughts have to be similar to those around you (and hence not challenged). So, social networking is GOOD for humanity since it creates rational people with a GLOBAL identity and is more likely to bring ideas which contradict your own …
I am not saying that religion does not do good .. Clearly it does .. But I can also see why religion would want us to restrict access to new ideas and contacts
The principle is generic .. Substitute ‘church’ by any institution(ex corporation) and the effects are still the same ..
The hope in a globally converged scenario is to borrow from that lovely song by Sting (Russians) which says : that the only hope in a nuclear war is to hope that the Russians love their children too ..
How can I save my little boy from Oppenheimer’s deadly toy
There is no monopoly in common sense
On either side of the political fence
We share the same biology
Regardless of ideology
Believe me when I say to you
I hope the Russians love their children too
So, social networking is good I say although it seems to be sacrilege to some ..
and long may that continue ..