Relationships and Identity

Dr. Sarah Spalding, an alumna of CUA’s School  of Arts and Sciences and a former Undergraduate Advisor at CUA, discusses yesterday’s passage by Sophocles in the video below.

Dr. Spalding talks about the the human ability to create technology and the way that humans gain their identity from their community. In the ancient Greek world of Sophocles, a person’s primary political community was the city where that person lived. Aristotle, who also lived in that world, once said that a person without a city was like an isolated game piece, like a lonesome checker. In what ways do you think that the human ability to create technology leads to such isolation, and in what ways does that ability help enable community?

Photo: “Checker” by Chris Richmond is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND 2.0.



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  1. Jaesen Evangelista says:

    Exactly! I love what Dr. Spalding says! We are wondrous but we must remember to think about how we should act with such wondrous abilities.

    I’m a millennial, so technology is kind of part of me, haha! I love phones and laptops and iPads, and basically every social media platform out there. So I can’t really go against technology from my perspective. But, I can understand how technology can be a good and bad thing. Technology is a good thing for humanity because we are an advanced species because of it. We’re able to connect with people oceans away from us because of Facetime, Skype, texting, and emails. We’re able to learn about so many things with just a click of a finger, like online books, Youtube, Wikipedia, and this online summer reading site. We’re able to design and engineer new products, like buildings, medicine, and more technology. The possibilities of technology are honestly endless. However, technology can also be seen as corruptive because so many people nowadays are seen looking at a screen versus playing outside. Technology has enhanced military weapons and given criminals an advantage to wreck havoc on society. I think technology should be viewed with an all-encompassing perspective because, as with all things, it has pros and cons. We shouldn’t only focus on one aspect of it, whether or not you’re a millennial who loves technology like me. In the long run, technology helps and harms us.

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