Is everything under control? Storm, Human Mind, and Technology
28 Nov 2012 07:08 GMT
 
My today’s JakartaPost was already in front of my door as I was coming back from mosque to perform early morning prayer. A headline for today is Superstorm Sandy that hit The United States, New York and different areas as well. This condition caused psychological and physical damage for people who were affected. The government also suffered financially and politically. All of sudden my mind went some years ago when I was in my first semester’s class- learning about human. As an introduction, power point slides of the lecture explained about the importance and purposes of science. By Ihshan Gumilar

My today’s JakartaPost was already in front of my door as I was coming back from mosque to perform early morning prayer. A headline for today is Superstorm Sandy that hit The United States, New York and different areas as well. This condition caused psychological and physical damage for people who were affected. The government also suffered financially and politically. All of sudden my mind went some years ago when I was in my first semester’s class- learning about human. As an introduction, power point slides of the lecture explained about the importance and purposes of science.

One of the goals of science is to be able to predict. In relationship to that, there is something that I never realized until I came to the West in which I spent some years of my life. Everyone over there wants to control everything in his or her hand because it is so common to express “Everything is under control”. A common expression reflects what the society’s mind to some extent.

The emergence of technology, which is part of science, can create a sense of controlling over nature within human mind. This is something that happened during the ancient time too – People of Ad. You can look up a history and search for Prophet Hud, 4th generation of prophet Jonah. The people of Ad at that time had a sophisticated technology, of course it is not the same with our current technology. It was indicated by the availability of high buildings and nice architectures, and being able to design environment, you can read some books about them or just ask Syekhgoogle. The availability of technology in human hand sometimes can make human forgot a reality of life that is full of mystery. Technology can help people to run their lives easier not to change the way they look at a basic reality of life.

It seems now that some sophisticated technology failed again to meet its basic purposepredicting what would happen in the future. One should think how much science can control nature. In fact, this Superstorm Sandy should be a turning point for scientologists or people who rely too much on science as God that the science is not more than just a game that can finish when the basic rule is being violated. They should think that science was unable to even predict this sandy storm can come, damage a lot of houses, and even displaced people.

Technology is a product of human mind, which most of the time is corrupt. Should the sources of product is already imperfect then what would happen with the product? For sure, the product will contain some defects as well. Thus, technology will never be able to serve its basic purpose completely- predicting what the future holds on 100 percent. The only thing that is sure is the Creator of the future can make the available technology unable to predict the future 100 percent. Now, let us think about this, does technology create a different worldview or our worldview creates a different technology that blinds us to see a reality of life?



-- Al Arabiya Digital


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