IF only to be able to talk in the same wavelength as the
young ones who are usually techies, I thought of familiarizing myself
with some digital terms that would somehow capture the things I wanted
to tell them. And I discovered at least two terms that seem to serve
One is the term, algorithm, which in the digital world
means “the set of ‘rules’ a search engine may use to determine the
relevance of a webpage, and therefore its search engine ranking.”
In other words, if we are a search engine, like Google,
and we want to search for a particular product, we should come up with
some formula such that we can get the relevant particular webpages in
their proper ranking, with the first one as being the most relevant
for our needs.
The other term is matrix, which again in the digital world
means “a vast sea of computing resources that can be visualized by the
user, is accessible at many levels, and is lit up more intensely in
the areas of greatest activity.”
With all the many and complex information, data and things
being fed into our brain because of the new technologies, we need to
have some means to be more keenly discerning as to which ones have
priority over the others so we do not get confused and lost and can
still maintain a good sense of direction and purpose.
Knowing how to formulate an algorithm that is useful to us
and to learn how to cruise in the very complex matrix of data is
certainly an important and even an indispensable skill that we now
need to acquire.
And we should make sure that in all the activities and
operations we now do in our cyberworld, we should always give God the
highest priority so as to avoid getting lost in that intoxicating
Yes, God has to be given the highest priority for after
all he is the Creator of the whole universe, including our digital
culture, the author of what is real, the ultimate standard of what is
true, good and beautiful.
We should be wary of the strong possibility of being
seduced by some worldly values that, while having their legitimate
place in the sun, can only lead us to a lot of dangers when not
inspired, rooted and directed towards God.
We should never forget what Christ once said: “For what
does it profit a man if he gains the whole world but loses his own
soul.” (Mk 8,36) Let us always remember that we are meant to be with
God from whom we came and to whom we belong in a way that is so
intimate as to enter into a living communion with him.
We cannot deny that the new technologies can hijack our
sense of religion, our love-characterized relation with God and with
everybody else, such that we end up not only indifferent to God and to
others but also hostile to him and to everybody else.
It’s true that we have to be immersed in the things of the
world, since they in fact are the means for us to enter heaven to be
with God in our definitive state of life. But we should be properly
immersed in them.
And that means that while we are immersed in the things of
the world, we should also be immersed in God. In fact, the more
immersed we are in the world, the more immersed we should also be in
God. Otherwise, there is no other way but to get lost.
We need to devise an algorithm that will always lead us to
God regardless of what we are doing in the world. We also need to know
how to handle the matrix of information, data and other resources so
that we would always be led to God.