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Published 8-11-10


Tzvi Freeman, Freeman Dyson, Simon Jacobson, Alan Watts, The Rebbe


Dear Readers,

When I was young I loved going through the card catalogue at the school library.
I'd check out a pile of books on a subject and dutifully thumb through nearly every
page, searching for information I might need for an assignment. But today...with
my computer, and I still can't believe simply typing a subject into a box, I
instantly bring up hundreds of resources without having to sort through unneeded
material. It's the difference between the horse-drawn carriage and a Ferrari!

Technology: it's much more than just information, though. Its speed mimics
God's communication speed a little more closely, and that's significant. It allows
people all over the world to touch each other with goodness, and that's significant,
too. Beauty can be shared instantly. Injustice can be exposed instantly. Causes
are strengthened and people can gather together, virtually, to better the world.
The Divine is revealing Himself/Herself more and more. Think about how you
can utilize technology to give your life on this earth greater meaning...

- Lisa

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"Snail Mail in Oklahoma," by Chuck Bowman       All rights reserved

What is new about the computer? You walk into a room
and you see familiar machines: a typewriter, a tape re-
corder, a television, a telephone, audio speakers, of
course a calculator -- but none of these are new.

Unseen, however, beneath the floors and behind the walls,
are cables connecting all these machines to work together as
one. There is digital technology that allows them to all speak
the same language -- thereby transforming them from many
ordinary machines into a single powerful computer.

Now, let's take your own life. You do business, you study,
you eat, you talk -- each activity seemingly irrelevant
to the next. A mess of fragments.

Take the technology of the computer and apply it in terms
of your everyday life: Find a common meaning at which all
these fragments converge, and thereby unleash their power.

(Told in the days of the Big Computer to my father-in-law,
Avraham Polichenco, professor of computer science.)

Tzvi Freeman
From the wisdom of the Lubavitcher Rebbe Schneerson
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Technology is a gift from God. After the gift of life
it is perhaps the greatest of God's gifts. It is the
mother of civilizations, of arts and of sciences.

Freeman Dyson (1923 -   )
English-born American theoretical physicist & mathematician


G-d has created powerful forces throughout nature
for us to utilize. We can choose to acknowledge the
hand inside the glove, understanding where the power
truly comes from, and use these forces as tools to lead
a more meaningful life. Or we can choose to be dis-
tracted by the glove, to see technology only as a
means unto itself, using it for indulgent, selfish,
perhaps even destructive purposes.

Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life,
The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002


Technology is destructive only in the
hands of people who do not realize
that they are one and the same
process as the universe.

Alan Watts (1915-1973)
American philosopher writer and Zen Buddhist


The divine purpose of the present information revolution ...
is to allow us to share knowledge -- spiritual knowledge -- with
each other, empowering and unifying individuals everywhere.

Excerpted from "Toward a Meaningful Life,
The Wisdom of the Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson,"
by Simon Jacobson
Perennial Currents, 2002

The Last Word:

Technology taps the divine forces present
in nature from the moment of creation.

Rebbe Menachem Mendel Schneerson (1902-1994)
Prominent hasidic rabbi






























































Utterly Random Bonus Quote:

Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way.

Native American proverb


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