Le più grandi sciagure dell’umanità sono state originate da chi ha voluto semplificare la vita pianificando il mondo.

Giovannino Guareschi

lunedì 27 febbraio 2012

Translation of the post of February 26


The scent of lemons

Running through the titles of books for sale through the shelves of a bookstore, I came across by chance (?) in the interesting book of Jonah Lynch, The Scent of lemons, subtitle: technology and human relationships in the Facebook.

Who is Lynch? It 'a young priest, born in 1978, after graduating in Physics at McGill University in Montreal, he entered the seminary.  He studied philosophy and theology at the Lateran University. It 'a priest since 2006. A Lynch, from an early age should always liked the smell of lemons, but what enters the lemons with the technology, asks the author?  We read: "A lemon tree has grasped the rough bark. More care is the tree, the bark is rougher. If you squeeze a little scented oil comes out and suddenly the surface becomes smooth. And then there's that sour juice, so good on steak and oysters in summer drinks and hot tea. Touch, smell and taste. Three of the five senses can not be transmitted through technology. Three-fifths of fact, sixty percent. This book is an invitation to pay any attention. "

Lynch first feels the urgency of addressing these issues now, before it disappears the direct experience of the world before the Internet. This is not necessarily to be critical to new technologies or to support them to the hilt dicendone just fine, that's not what Lynch arises. Lynch simply argues that the digital natives, those born in the Internet age, they will be masters of themselves.

The author would like to offer the perspective of a Christian. What is the difference between a laugh made in the company or through a chat? Because the U.S. adolescent girls send (on average) 4050 sms per month and the kids just 2539? What kind of communication can take place in the 160 characters allowed by Twitter? What is left out?

To fully understand this, however, you must first become aware of the problems raised. Lynch has understood the existence of the problem when he was asked to treat the fruit trees of the garden of the seminary. He writes: "I realized that I had an unreasonable concern: I wanted the plants grow faster, they did in November, apricot and lemon trees in May." Someone comes to your mind some "play" or "activities" offered by some online social network?

We all become victims, most often unaware of this efficiency mentality, where only the result counts. But the result, they teach the plants, it takes time.Lynch concludes with this interesting thought: "It seems highly significant that God chose to incarnate a moment in history when there were no mass communication. And what's more, he did not write anything. He wanted to entrust the entire future of your Church to witness from person to person. Has not escaped the risk of mediation, the fact that his message might pass through the mouth of others. " And that, surely it is no coincidence.

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