ROME – Pope Benedict XVI said on Thursday that the media’s increasing reliance on images, fuelled by the endless development of new technologies, risked confusing real life with virtual reality.
“New technologies and the progress they bring can make it impossible to distinguish truth from illusion and can lead to confusion between reality and virtual reality,” the pope said.
“The image can also become independent from reality, it can give birth to a virtual word, with various consequences — above all the risk of indifference towards real life,” he said.
He said the use of new technologies should set off “an alarm bell.”
OK, so lets see if I understand this correctly. This is a chap who truly believes the following:
- A talking snake tricked an ancestor of all of us into eating some fruit, and thats the reason for all the bad things that happen.
- There is a supernatural being who gave birth to himself so that he could kill himself to pacify his own anger against us all due to this talking snake tricking our common ancestor into eating this fruit.
- He is also the leader of a select group of individuals who believe that they are special and have the ability to recite magic words that will turn a wafer into the actual flesh of a God so that it can then be eaten
The list above goes on and on, I think you get the idea. Now, its in this context that he is seriously concerned that technology carries the risk of us all loosing our grasp of reality!!!
Sadly in his case he appears to have lost his grip on reality a very long time ago.