Imagination.

09/14/2011

This is the second chapter of my chapter-by-chapter review of John Dyer’s “From the Garden to the City.” You can read my other posts here.

Technology allows adults to imagine again. It allows us to play make believe again, to pretend again. Think for a moment back to the last technology device you purchased. What did you do before you bought it? You probably imagined what it would be like, and how it would change your everyday life. When you’re ready to buy a new car, you imagine the road trips. When I was considering buying a Kindle, I imagined my future library being mostly digital, rather than countless boxes of books. When we get our upgrade notice for our phone plan, we wonder what awesome new features the latest ones have. Technology stirs a long, dormant imagination for most adults. We don’t turn boxes into forts anymore, but we imagine what the latest phone, car, or device can do for us.

Our imaginations seem to be neutral; they are at times positive and at other times negative. Technology seems to be similar in that regard. The images that tech can bring up can be of using technology to love people like Jesus did, or it can be imagined selfishly. Our imaginations and technology both seem to be up to the user to determine whether it’s positive or not.

What is a piece of technology that you daydreamed about before you got it? Did it live up to your expectations?

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