broken perfection

Technology bore a promise of perfection; the culmination of man's ingenuity.  It was the one thing that we could thoroughly understand and perform; the one thing we could build machines to do for us, perfectly and fast. It was math with 1s and 0s. After all there are fundamentally only three things that can be done with 1s and 0s: NOT, AND, and OR them – but that's not the point here.

The point is the dream. If I can make a machine that can do a thousand of those operations per second I can set it to solving problems that I could never solve; If I know how to solve the problem, the machine is able.

Nobody really thinks about the 1s and 0s today. Today mankind's machines are doing at least a quintillion (that's a billion billion) of these operations every second – every year at least 30 septillion of them (that's 30 million billion trillion). Never before in history have problems been solved so fast and so perfectly. So why aren't we happy?

I can't think of anything that causes more frustration than technology – specifically electronics, more specifically computers. Why? How can we be so thrilled with our success and yet so frustrated by failure? Is it because of the promise of perfection?

The business world is a scurry of searching for a better solution. Vendors sing the praises of their products and customers buy in, believing the lie that “finally, all will be well”. All never is well. Customers aren't satisfied, employees complain, management worries, and vendors get dumped for other basket cases. Every one seems to be on a similar quest for perfection. But what is perfection? Do we really want to get there?

Did the trees of Eden grow in rows?

If technology were to completely fulfill our expectation of it, life would be meaningless. Thus, humanity is converging to meaninglessness. Think about it. We love technology because it reduces necessary effort. So perfection is the elimination of effort: I think therefore it is! And if so, why think? Why live?

And God said, “Let there be light!”

God spoke, not thought, the world into existence. Creation was not effortless -- and the trees of Eden were not in rows. No, God's perfection does not lead to meaninglessness. Instead it leads to the chaos of a new world that God told our ancestors to fill and subdue. In fact, God's perfection is not called perfection at all. It it is called goodness. “God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

I take hold of God's new creation. Ezekiel 36:26