What is humanity that you are mindful of them, human beings that you care for them? Psalm 8
New Catholic Theological Anthropology We become fully human when we become more human, when we let God bring us beyond ourselves in order to attain the fullest truth of our being.” (Pope Francis)
What does it mean to be human? What factors distract us from being and becoming more human in a Digital Civilization?
Digital engagement is rewiring the brain's neural circuitry, heightening skills like multi-tasking, complex reasoning and decision- making.
Offers massive information at our fingertips (volume and velocity) Improves eye-hand coordination Increases reaction time Ability to pick out details from clutter Empowerment via Internet-Digital Resources
"A simple, everyday task like searching the Web appears to enhance brain circuitry in older adults," Small said, "demonstrating that our brains are sensitive and can continue to learn as we grow older."
All that tech time diminishes "people" skills, including important emotional aptitudes like empathy.
RESEARCH FINDINGS Use of Time Divided Attention Sleep deprivation ( suppress nocturnal melatonin secretion) Health Implications Displace other more beneficial pursuits Behavior Patterns Shallow Network of Friends
We actually do more in 24 hours because of technology! We live our lives at breakneck speed! But why?
What kind of humans are we becoming? How do we bring the Catholic Marianist perspective into the conversation?
Enhanced Meaning of Human Dignity Sense of Transcendent (Universal) Values vs. Transitory Detachment (Digital Fasting vs. Instant Gratification) Sabbath Time (Contemplation/Silence – Inner life) Appreciation of Beauty Quality Discernment (likes vs. dis-likes) Quality of Life (Balanced) Counter Cultural Dimension Within the Digital Civilization
Promote a faith-and culture dialogue which illuminates reality from the perspective of the Gospel Promote quality education of the whole person Develop respect for the dignity of the person Develop an interior spirit and self-knowledge Characteristics of Marianist Education in a Digital Civilization
Develop a concern for global and local issues of culture, ecology, and the use of technology Cultivate interpersonal relationships characterized by openness, respect, Integrity, and dialogue Promote a missionary spirit Educate to shape the future Develop Critical thinking Skills in search for truth
How do I address these Marianist Characteristics within a digital civilization? What difference can I offer for becoming more human in a digital civilization? What are the challenges I (we) face? What are the changes I (we) can offer?