My personal faith is Christianity, so it informs how I think about a wide variety of subjects . No matter your faith, I hope that this will be a positive post to consider that you and I are more valuable than any technology available today.
A new smartphone is coming out to replace the one you bought two years ago. You probably just finished paying for it. And it’s out of date.
But you’re not out of date. You are the highest level of God’s creation that we know of: Imago Dei, latin for “created in the image of God.” In the book of Psalms it actually says we are made a little lower than God!
When I look at your heavens, the work of your fingers,
the moon and the stars that you have established;
4 what are human beings that you are mindful of them,
mortals[a] that you care for them?
5 Yet you have made them a little lower than God,[b]
and crowned them with glory and honor.
6 You have given them dominion over the works of your hands;
A smartphone is not smart. It’s just a computer, built and programmed by men and women just like you. Your brain is better, faster, stronger than any computer. No computer can handle the number of tasks that your brain and body do. There is no technological replacement for your eyes, ears, nose, mouth, hands, legs, fingernails, toes, skin, organs, spinal cord that can do any of those jobs anywhere close to the original model that you came into the world with (I do recognize the importance of prosthetics and technological assistance to those who need it).
When you are being trained or training yourself to do something–play music, for example–you are training your body, mind, and emotions to do something that is uniquely human, just under God’s expression. We are learning to make sounds with wood and steel. We are giving life to inanimate objects, sparking vibration into the world, and communicating with other image-bearers.
Humanity is fragile, broken, and glorious, and nothing we make can replace it.