gregkavarnos wrote:Problem with this discussion is that all those involved in it have only lived during the modernist period.
You know what? today, everything beeps. the stove beeps, the phone beeps,
the car beeps, the washing machine beeps, the camera beeps.
beep beep beep. When I was a kid, hardly anything beeped.
Aside from that, I don't think technology is any better or worse, meaning specifically,
a distraction from dharma practice, than it ever was before.
And I don't think technology is making people suffer more either.
it is increasing lifespans which gives a person more time to meditate.
It increases the number of people being born into the human realm
which might be bad for the planet, but great for one's dharma practice to be a human.
And by making warfare more sophisticated,
instead of two thousand people facing each other as they did in battlefields only a hundred years ago,
hacking each other to pieces and shooting at teach other until only a few remain standing,
warfare can be waged mechanically, from thousands of miles away.
this in itself is still awful, perhaps desensitizing, even cruel
but compared with battlefield combat, overall much better.
A lot of problems result from technology too
But, i think, being an excuse for not practicing dharma isn't one of them.