In order to live what we believe is a flourishing life, persons have always had to adopt formational practices and cultivate an intentional attentiveness:
We examine ourselves and the spirit/heart behind all that we do. We come to recognize our shortcomings and the ways in which we need to live in mutual relationships with others and the world around us.
We examine our attitudes toward others and seek to love our neighbors as we ourselves want to be loved.
We come to see the physical world as something we are in relationship with - we seek to be cultivating stewards who think not just of themselves but of those with whom we share the world and of generations to come.
In all ages, these approaches are counter-cultural, but in each age, there are particular challenges to them. As we evaluate the current threat of busyness, distraction, and overwhelm, we know we need unique expressions of and supports for these practices.
We acknowledge that modern connected technology can significantly disrupt and counteract these practices. However, in many cases, if we were to more thoughtfully design, more carefully implement, and more intentionally use it, today's technology could provide tools and scaffolding that helps us live richer and more whole lives.