BBC Radio Leicester Thought for the Day

©John Denney 6 September 2006

 

THE HUMAN CONDITION

 

Isnít technology marvellous?It was the talk of the neighbourhood when my parents had a telephone installed in the 1950s, but nowadays most of us have a mobile phone in our pocket, and that phone not only lets us speak to people anywhere in the world, and send text messages to them, but some of them take photographs we can transmit instantly round the world.We take radio and television for granted.My father, as a teenager, built himself a crystal set, complete with catís whisker, and listened to the first broadcasts on 2LO.Incidentally, when did the wireless stop being the wireless and become the radio?

 

And then thereís microwave ovens and computers and computer engine management systems in our cars.But just 100 years ago, few people even had electricity in their homes.How things have changed.

 

But how some things have come through the test of time!Our great grandparents would have no idea about the hi-tech gadgetry we take for granted.But they would recognise our desire to live in peace, the love of husband and wife, and parent and child, our friendship with others, and, yes, our concern for the stranger and our neighbour in need.These things are eternal human values.

 

When Jesus was asked which was the greatest commandment, he said Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.This is the first and greatest commandment.And the second is like it: 'Love your neighbour as yourself.[1]

 

So the secret of good living is love: for God, for other people, - and for yourself.

 



[1] Matthew 22:37-39