By Aidann Merrel, Talon Staff Writer
In the times of Jesus, there was no such thing as television or radios. If something happened across the globe, it wouldn’t be heard about for some time. So how did people live, not knowing what was happening around them? If there was a war going on that involved them, how would they find out? The answer to these questions is… they didn’t find out.
In Medieval times, huge castles were built to keep out unwanted visitors. Watchtowers would be guarded 24/7 and soldiers were always at the ready. This is because their kingdom couldn’t risk not knowing when an attack was upon them. You can only imagine how useful a radio set would have been in those times. But sadly, they didn’t. A majority of their technology advanced in weapons.
“…The period saw major technological advances, including the adoption of gunpowder, the invention of vertical windmills, spectacles, mechanical clocks, and greatly improved water mills…”
Says Wikipedia about medieval technology. For them, those advances were critical for their lives.
Today, we don’t need to be constantly watching out all the time for terrorists or attacks. Modern technology allows everyone to know what is happening in a matter of seconds.
A few years ago, in 2001, a terrorist bombed the twin towers in New York City. It was tragic, the building was engulfed in flames, and people were desperately trying to escape a certain death. What was even more scary was not knowing where the attackers were going to strike next. But thankfully, everyone across the nation knew about this incident in a matter of seconds.This “sudden knowledge” about the bombing saved millions of lives in the end because it alerted them about the danger that was still lurking.
We are truly blessed to have this technology because in many ways it helps us be more aware about things happening worldwide, or even within our own country. Just remember that God was, and always will be, with us- even when we don’t know what is going on around us.