Society now, and society 200 years ago are insanely different. Think about this: 200 years ago, our relatives got around on horses. Today, it's the high-tech Fiiat. 200 years ago, to see someone from California while being stationed in South Carolina, was a 7-day (or more) trip. Today, it's a 6-hour flight (with benefits and a climate controlled cabin). 200 years ago, if my father went to war, I wouldn't see or talk to him for at least 2 years. Today, I can talk to him every 2 hours, and see him just as often - provided I have good phone service or wi-fi.
200 years ago, responsibility was completely different, conveniences were completely different, and jobs were completely different. Today, we've got a plethora of tools and modern conveniences to get stuff done. Here's the question: Are we utilizing these conveniences the right way? Are we really being responsible?
As I write this article, I look at my high-def wi-fi tv, I look at my iPad, my bluetooth-controlled car, my mac, my laptop, my work office, my iPhone. I look at these things, and I ask myself, "Are these conveniences for me, or, are these conveniences for me to service other people?" The honest answer is: They're for me. And I'm far past selfish. I know I need to think about why I've been fortunate enough to have these material things. I know that I can take absolutely nothing with me when I leave this earth, but I spend so much time protecting it because of what it does for me.
And therein lies the problem. This stuff isn't for me. It's been given to me to serve others.
Wow- how selfish I've been.