But this isn't a real argument-it is simply a lack of understanding . The principle is Subsidiarity-that everything should be done by the smallest unit possible-or better put, that no organization should take on a task which can be done by a smaller unit. This is a traditional Catholic social doctrine and is the basis for a natural economy. This doesn't eliminate technology-but recognizes that technology should be in the service of man and not vice versa-including man's moral well-being.
In this vein, I particularly like this clip from Beyond Capitalism and Socialism - a new statement of an old ideal:
the most insidious example of this destructive type of technology is the television set. It is not only a means of social control by both the state and corporation; it is a direct path to sloth and stupidity. It has also become the principle cultural organ of industrial society. As such, it has replaced the role of the Church in defining and disseminating cultural values. The struggle to rid oneself of the influence of television is essential to restoring sanity in the household and rekindling human relationships, conversation, hobbies, prayer, and many other forgotten human activities. (Tobias Lanz)
Wow! strong stuff-but real.
I need to get back to the main point, but it will have to wait for the next posting opportunity.
Oremus pro invicem!