In our society today we are inundated with science and technology everywhere we look. For most of us that is a good thing, regular almost pass’e in our 2017 existence. However, Dr. King warned us about what would happen if we weren’t morally responsible with the tools we were creating and aligning ourselves with.
In 1964, Dr. King delivered a lecture at the University of Oslo. Where he argued that progress in science and technology had not been equaled by “moral progress” — instead, mankind suffered from a “moral and spiritual lag.”
Of course Dr. King could not have seen the influx of connected devices in our hands in 2017, however he was accurate about people and families disconnected from each other. In the African American community especially the importance of family interaction is more important than ever, and every opportunity missed to engage with family members could be detrimental.
A recent study by the University of Washington stated that 7 out of 10 parents said they felt disconnected from their children because of technological distractions.”
In his Oslo lecture, King acknowledged the advances made by science and technology, but said that technologies growing abundance and availability was “undermining the human spirit.”
“Enlarged material powers spell enlarged peril if there is not proportionate growth of the soul.” When the ‘without’ of man’s nature subjugates the ‘within,’ dark storm clouds begin to form in the world.”
Everything Dr. King preached was the truth. In 2017 his vision of a morally separated humanity controlled by technology could be us…. if were not careful.
So lets put down the devices for a while and engage with our families in person.