The German pope presided over a celebration where tens of thousands of people waved palm and olive branches to commemorate Jesus' entry into Jerusalem the week before he was crucified.
The pope, who turned 84 on Saturday, he spoke of of man's relationship with God and how it can be threatened by technology.
"From the beginning men and women have been filled -- and this is as true today as ever -- with a desire to 'be like God, to attain the heights of God by their own powers," he said, wearing resplendent red and gold vestments.
"Mankind has managed to accomplish so many things: we can fly! We can see, hear and speak to one another from the farthest ends of the earth. And yet the force of gravity which draws us down is powerful," he said.
|"advances of technology have improved life"|
If man wanted a relationship with God he had to first "abandon the pride of wanting to become God," said the pope, celebrating his sixth Easter season as the leader of the world's some 1.2 billion Roman Catholics.
The Pope has spoken of the Internet before.
Pope Benedict has said that "times in which we are living have seen a huge widening of the frontiers of communication. The new media of this new age points to a more egalitarian and pluralistic" forum. But, he went on to say, it also opens a new hole, the "digital divide" between haves and have-nots.
This all being said, suprisingly enough this is interesting considering his technological advances. He has strapped solar cells on top of the Vatican roof, got his own website up and sent SMS messages to the faithful. This sudden accusation that the world wide web brings degradation and humiliation will be seen by many people as indicating that he wants to go back to the good old days when even politicians did what the Church told them to do out of fear of excommunication.
|Ah..The good old days|
I suppose PR was a lot simpler before. Back then people couldn't voice news or their own opinions online. Really, how do you deter the "Neigh sayers"? You can't kill those who are posting their opinions from across the world from some computer behind an invisible wall.... As a result, now if there are those speaking against the church or a priest has some sort of transgressions its not so easily covered up. The Internet hurts the bottom line.
My intention isn't to offend, just state my opinion. I'm stating my opinion, maybe with some distasteful humor (which has probably resulted from my unrestricted use of the internet) included but..........
Well, to be a little nicer on the topic. Maybe bringing burnings at the stake will bring a new market of Porn to the internet :)..........I Would have to agree with the Pope in that the Internet does make way too much information available too easily. Really, I see kids at the age of 5 who know how to use a computer better than many adults.
An issue of the US handbook of recognized psychiatric conditions could include a new highly dangerous “internet addiction disorder”. The disorder consists of:
1) excessive gaming, with a loss of sense of time
2) depression when the computer is inaccessible
3) sexual preoccupations
4) the need for better computer equipment
(5) lying, poor achievement, social isolation
If they want to see whatever they want (even "age restricted") content, all they have to do is mess with a couple scroll bars or type in some numbers and THEY'RE IN! As any of you know. There is a lot of content out there that adults shouldn't even look at. While this is a problem, there is only 2 options. Destroy the Internet (Good luck). Allow law enforcement or some agency the right to monitor everything that takes place online and completely ignore the concept of privacy, while giving them the authority to do something about it. I don't know about you but the benefits and freedom of information that the Internet provides is too much of a positive to do either.
Now if you're going to use technology. Use your power for good. Take the precise engineering involved here. This was genius:
Now here is a guy who plays god on a daily basis. The chicks love this guy and his mullet. In fact, when he's around I'm told they can't keep their hands off him. Here's his woman to the right.
I guess ideally(while impossible because some just shouldn't be parents), good parents doing their job monitoring children's usage and teaching them Morales (that they as parents should have) to understand "what's what" and reducing the number of Demon children possessed by their desires and exposure to what they shouldn't be looking at. Really, come on, like I need the cops to know about my desires and what I'm searching out here. You know, like my secret Taxidermy fetish.