THE QUEST FOR TOMORROWLAND

The world wants to replace the quest for heaven with technology.

It is not pessimistic to say that this world is ending (unlike the premise of the film failure, Tomorrowland). What is pessimistic and arrogant is to keep believing the lie that we, mere humans, through technology, can fix it. And of course, the logical question follows: for whom?

Because man in his limitations – he has no power to resurrect anyone – is even further hampered by his inability to even know who is worthy to be in any future he might conceive. He has through his inhumanity completely ignored that those who have come before him may even be more worthy of saving than he is now. Indeed, he doesn’t give one jot to the possibility of more merit worthy inventors he is destroying through the selfish and indiscriminate murder of children in the womb now.

And that leads us to the real question and the real problem: Who can fix the human heart? See, that’s not a technological problem, is it. No, that is a spiritual problem and one that can’t be resolved with an algorithm. No computer built with a fallen mind and a fallen spirit is going to eliminate that original bias. “Dynamism” or real creativity requires one simple ingredient the world has too little of right now, especially the technical world – love. The skill is left but the transcendence is missing.

Its why all that is invented soon leaves everyone flat and must be reinvented in perpetuity of stale nuance. It’s what we euphemistically call innovation. Indeed, it is why all invention ineluctably is treated as if it has failed not long after its adoption and soon outlives its usefulness. In short, we get bored and pick it apart. Our “latest and greatest”, our vision of heaven through invention sours. Over and over and over. Again and again. The problem is never solved. The questions never answered.

As Chesterton once observed: “Its not that they can’t see the solution. Its that they can’t see the problem.” (Scandal of Father Brown -1935)

“As long as the vision of heaven is always changing, the vision of earth will be exactly the same. No ideal will remain long enough to be realized, or even partly realized. The modern young man will never change his environment; for he will always change his mind.” – The Eternal Revolution, Orthodoxy, 1908

Heaven cannot be creature-made. That is a state of existence that only God can provide. And the heart is a problem only God can solve. And solving it is as simple as admitting that we are wrong and He is right.

One thought on “THE QUEST FOR TOMORROWLAND

  1. “And solving it is as simple as admitting that we are wrong and He is right.”

    As a Catholic convert, I learned this over many years, and am still learning it every day.

    Every time I have a “problem” with what the church teaches, it always is due to the fact that I don’t understand the teaching or the reasons behind it; not because I am right and the church is wrong. However, the older I get, the easier it is to admit that I am wrong, and I’m thankful for that.

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