Old and New Freedom

About 15 years ago we went to a big toystore to buy a computer. We looked at one and it came with a mega harddrive space of 7GB. Whoa! We were so excited that day to come home with this brandnew PC. Yes, 7GB was a lot of memory back in those days 😉

It struck my mind recently that what used to be a lot of storage space on a computer would be laughed at today. Looking at cell phones the other day I found one that I really liked, one that comes with a 8GB internal and up to 32GB external memory. My goodness! Its internal memory is bigger than the computer we bought 15 years ago…

Technology is ever changing, isn’t it? Look at this one:

That’s my iPod 2nd Generation and it is still working just fine. As some reviewers like to write: it does what it says on the box. 🙂 It leaves me with nearly 100% of its memory space and doesn’t scream for the latest updates any longer.

Outdated? Um, true, some of the apps will no longer work or are limited in their capability…

Our fast paced world offers no grace to old things. People want the latest, biggest, fastest — most modern version of everything! Today we have the freedom to take along our phones, our mini computers, our internet and our “friends” everywhere we go. That’s what we want, right?

Yes, modern phones and devices come with a huge amount of apps, functions and memory. But do they really offer more? Maybe! However, they also scream for more: charging, memory space, amount of money paid. They are causing new and more problems: because they work more they will use more battery, because they need more functions installed they will use more memory space, and, because they are outdated faster we will need to buy new ones more often. Is that what we really want?

While before one applicance served one purpose, today we want the appliances to do more and more different jobs. It’s that All-In-One-Syndrome, I guess. What we forget, though, is that too many functions squeezed into one appliance can actually spoil its overall usability.

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Yes, my iPod can only do certain things. I don’t mind! I use it to jot down notes or record some voice memos. Its calculator, clock and the calendar work perfectly, too. I can still turn on wifi and check the forecast using the weather app. And I can still use my iPod to listen to my music files and/or the audio files of the app of Truth For Life. What more do I need? If I want to go browse online, check the latest updates on social media or read my emails, then I just switch to another device — which will give me more freedom but also more sorrows!

I leave you with these verses as food for thought:

Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.'”

(Jeremiah 6:16)

“Now therefore fear the LORD and serve him in sincerity and in faithfulness. Put away the gods that your fathers served beyond the River and in Egypt, and serve the LORD. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the LORD, choose this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your fathers served in the region beyond the River, or the gods of the Amorites in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”

(Joshua 24:14-15)


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