The modern scientific “objective” perception is entirely concerned with phenomena, like a researcher who experiences life entirely through microscope slides, failing to look at the beautiful world surrounding him, and then stubbornly dictates that his is the only true way of knowing and everything existing outside of those few inches of glass is a fantasy, an aberration.
The world, it can be said, began anew with the Resurrection. Man, whose true nature had been disfigured after the Fall that had taken place in Eden, has now been restored. History now becomes sacred history– what the Church would call the Sixth Age of the World. Just as when we participate in the Liturgy, surrounded by the icons of saints and angels, we are no longer a part of profane time, but entering into a sacred time, the eternal time-beyond-time that exists with God. Likewise, when we participate in Lent, we are recovering those events which led to the sanctification of mankind which restored the human race to it’s Primordial condition and gave man a new and unique place in the cosmos.
After Achilles had defeated Hector in battle, his chariot dragged his corpse by the heels. Such was the hubristic spirit of our Indo-European ancestors — warrior nomads who conquered and ruled peoples from Europe to Asia, millennia before anyone had heard of Alexander. But the same spirit which restlessly pursued immortality in fame and glory would not only cause their European descendants to circumnavigate the globe and conquer its poles but map the human genome also; not only has the White man needed to tower into the skies and conquer the moon, but that spirit has searched the depths of its own soul to master itself.
If Facebook likes and retweets are one-night stands, disposable and uncomplicated stories that are quickly replaced by new, more exciting counterparts—then books are long relationships that make a lasting imprint. It takes a while before you really get to know the other party, and when it’s over you may feel empty but also happy that you found each other. You may even have a new view of the world. Patience lies in the very nature of the matter.
For many, there is an overwhelming terror of automation. The primary fear of automation is that it will make working citizens obsolete and lead to mass unemployment. For us in the West though, we needn’t worry about this crisis, preventing us from having mass unemployment due to automation. Economically there will always be jobs more efficient for people to do than for robots, though many of these jobs are not currently in existence. With all this in account, you may ask “how can automation be helpful to us?”.