Innerweave: The Wholeness Story
By Wil Alexander, PhD, Professor of family medicine, School of Medicine
With the burgeoning of cell phones, personal digital assistants, and all other electronic information sharing devices now held on to, and spoken to, and listened to, and addicted to, there has
arisen in our land the techno-skeptics who are convinced that “information technology is unnatural no matter how sophisticated, brilliant, convenient, or effective it might be, it is moving us away from person-to-person communication and communion in community. A self-proclaimed techno-skeptic and critic, Hugh Mackay explains:
“It is easy to be seduced by the dazzling performance of the electronic media and to ascribe almost magical powers to them. But the truth is that machines can only move information around. They do it very well, but that’s all they do. Data transfer is their one trick. No matter how brilliantly they do it, they can’t approach the complexity, subtlety, and richness of person-to-person communication. Communication is not simply the exchange of information. It is information attached to a personal relationship…communication is something we do with another person. We share meaning with them. Information, whether in the form of words, facial expressions, or a particular tone of voice or rate of speech, is merely the set of signs and symbols we use for expressing and exchanging our meanings (What a pity we ever coined the term ‘mass communication’ to describe a process which is really only the mass dissemination of information).”
Mackay acknowledges that everything electronic information oriented has its proper place in the total information system of an organization…he just warns that “whenever we fall for the trap of thinking that the dispensing of information is communication, we are in serious trouble. Communication rarely happens in the absence of face-face contact.
Cell phoners, alpha pagers, bloggers, e-mailers, and even hand-out givers, balance the mediums which give your messages with some heart to heart conversation where you are the medium to those with whom you work with and love. Spiritually speaking it is all the more powerful if the Holy Spirit speaks through you to all others who need to hear good news.