Book Review The Luddite’s Guide to Technology

4 Nov

the_luddites_guide_to_technology_iiTitle: The Luddite’s Guide to Technology

Author: CJS Hayward

Genre: creative non-fiction / religion and spirituality / technology – social aspects

Mammon, as it is challenged in the Sermon on the Mount, represents such wealth and possessions as one could have two thousand years ago. But that is merely beer as contrasted to the eighty proof whisky our day has concocted. The Sermon on the Mount aims to put us in the driver’s seat and not what you could possess in ancient times, and if the Sermon on the Mount says something about metaphorical beer, perhaps there are implications for an age where something more like eighty proof whisky is all around us.

“The Luddite’s Guide to Technology” was a real eye-opener. I’ve always worried about using too much technology, about humanity losing touch with what’s important and coming up with robots and computers to solve all their problems. This book confirms some of my fears, and made me realize I’m not the only one with a similar fear.

I’ve always been a fan of Plato, so I was surprised and glad to see a parody on one of his allegories here, namely “Plato and the Allegory of the Flickering Screen”. Another favorite essay was “The Luddite’s Guide to Technology”, for which the collection is named.


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