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Thoughts from Behind the Pressline

There seems to be so much head shaking craziness all around us these days. From senseless shootings and violence, out of control politics, over the top excesses that challenge others to push the envelope to even further extremes, to worries about unmanned drones flying overhead and home appliances spying and sharing valuable personal information. So many of today’s modern creations boggle the mind, even from just a short while back in time. But are we using them for the betterment of our society or are they becoming the catalyst that drive us to these wild extreme measures?

I can remember a time not long ago when life was slower and it seemed as though the majority of the country shared similar values. Collectively the nation knew right from wrong and in doing so kept us focused on life’s daily challenges, family and a shared sense of community. These values are still on display today but we also know that many among us are afraid to speak out and express their views for fear of retaliation or humiliation. As a nation we’ve become more driven by a vocal minority then a silent majority.

The computing power of today’s cheapest smart phone far exceeds the computing power used by the NASA space capsule that first put man on the Moon. It seems the power and capabilities of these little devices are increasing so rapidly one has to wonder where it will lead. And are these technological marvels becoming too smart and too controlling over our lives?

Technology and its inventions can be a distraction that changes the focus of human purpose. I’m concerned that many of the problems facing society today are driven by a material belief that is placing greater faith in human self reliance than placing our trust in God, the true creator and supreme being. As we prepare for the celebrations of Passover and Easter, once again we see government entities opting for political correctness by removing the word Easter from traditional celebrations in schools and communities. They claim to be doing so out of fear of offending but in reality it is fear of lawsuits by a small but vocal minority.

Dan Alexander is associate publisher of New Market Press and publisher and CEO of Denton Publications. He may be reached at dan@newmarketpressvt.com or dan@denpubs.com.

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