When first addressing the technocratic paradigm in Laudato Si’, Pope Francis stresses the importance that technology has in society’s daily world; technology has, after all, “remedied countless evils which used to harm and limit human beings” (102). Inevitably, technology has furthered society into a better, healthier and long-lasting one. But, as emphasized by Pope Francis, technology can quickly spiral out of control because such “immense technological development has not been accompanied by a development in human responsibility, values, and conscience” (105). Therefore, technology is responsible with transforming society’s way of thinking into one where one’s reality is no longer dependent on what’s physically before them but what’s virtually on display. Instead, “the specialization which belongs to technology makes it difficult to see the larger picture… [thus leading] to a loss of appreciation for the whole, for the relationship between things, and ...
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...solated from the knowledge of a benevolent entity like God.
With Brave New World depicting a world where technology alienates and deprives civilians from the passion of loving each other, the interest for nature, and the intimacy of having a superior being like God, Pope Francis has the appropriate support to forewarn modern society about the rising danger of technology. While the technocratic paradigm alone has indirectly incited the “growing awareness that scientific and technological progress cannot be equated with the progress of humanity and history”, Pope Francis calls on current civilians to rouse from their dormant lifestyle habits and take action before the entire civilization relies on “new forms of escapism to help endure the emptiness” that technology is slowly spreading—the very same emptiness found in the characters from Brave New World ( Francis 113).
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