Moore, Thomas. “The Butterfly and the Web.”
FORBES ASAP December 2, 1996
All my life I’ve read predictions about our future, how we will enjoy faster and more productive technologies. But I don’t care if the next century brings skinnier and clearer televisions or wristwatches that can organize my life.
Productivity is way down the list of my priorities, and anyway in the next century, I”d rather see peaceful neighborhoods, people working at what they love, beautiful towns and cities, the restoration of small farms, hospitals that treat you as a person and not as a pool of chemicals, children who are well fed and who are becoming citizens of compassion and humane intelligence, and animals, plants and fishes surviving in all their variety and quirky individuality to reflect a natural world that has a soul.
We have reduced the meaning of technology to machinery, but it has much deeper implications. We could shape our lives with craft (techne), and have sacred technologies of ritual and prayer. We could be expert in the crafts of raising children and making homes. In the Middle Ages, the Latin word computo (compute) was used for “a reckoning together,” such as on holy days for festivals and rituals. What we have secularized was once surrounded by a halo of holy imagination. Once upon a time, computing and other forms of technology made life more sacred, not less.