So, my husband and I were talking the other night about how I call Google my higher power. For me, it makes sense, in a way. I go to Google, ask it my question(s) (this is the ‘praying’ part), and I get responses. If I am unhappy with my responses or don’t feel that I have received the answer I am looking for, I realize I must not have been specific enough and ask, again (more prayer). My husband has started seeing what I mean and it all started when he asked his Google-based phone what the current temperature was and his phone gave him the answer outloud (hearing the voice of Godoogle).
Now, before anyone gets upset, this is not a bashing of any religious faith and how you view your higher power or God. This is in jest, sort of, and should be looked at as me looking at the world we live in today and having fun with it. Will I burn in some perceived hell for this? Personally, I don’t believe hell exists, but you go with what works for you, which means you can imagine my soul engulfed in flames for having a little deity fun, if that makes you feel better.
Anyway, as we were talking, it became apparent that everything flows back to Google. As we made the connections, we laughed harder and harder, until we both had tears streaming down our faces. By the time we were done, the realization of how much Google is a part of, at least, our daily lives was a little…surreal, I guess, and a little unnerving.
First, there is the Google search engine, where one can ask any question they can think of and get an answer. Its the getting an answer part that has moved Google to higher power status for me since this is ususally more than I have gotten with traditional prayer. Or, at least, it seems that way. I’m more of the flashing neon sign message type of girl as opposed to the subtle, are you paying attention answer. I tend not to see/hear the subtle answers or too easily can discredit them as something else or negate them in some other way.
Then there are our phones. Google is pretty standard on phones these days. I’m not sure if that is the case with iphones, but, for this discussion, we went with it made sense that there would be this option. Maybe iphones use Bing. Anyone? I guess I’ll need to pray to Google for this one.
Ah-ha! I just asked Google and found out the the iPhone’s Safari browser allows you to change the default search engine, which is Google, to the one of your choosing. Again, Google is the default search engine on iPhones.
Then there is the need for guidance to get to wherever I am driving. In comes Google Maps. I have always loved Google Maps and have used it religiously (HA!) since it became available on my phone. Lately, though, Google has done some changing of its Maps application and I am less than pleased with it. Perhaps, Google has other plans for me and is trying to tell me something I’m not understand. Maybe its just to take the time and explore, though I wish it would nudge me in that direction when I am not trying to get to a clean.
Recently, I have heard of something called Google Fiber. This is Google’s way of providing “a different kind of internet and TV.” Its not broadly available, yet, but is on its way. Google Fiber is supposed to blow away the internet speeds currently available by providing connection speeds up to 100 times faster. Google lightening the load, or at least helping to manage the load better.
Then there is Google+ (community), connecting you with family, friends, and being able to find others that are like minded. Google Drive (providing clearer thought in an easy format, which you can share with your community/whoever you want). Gmail (community), connecting you to family and friends. Google Translate, helping you understand others when communication is more challenging. Google Finance, providing you with financial information, without asking you to tithe. Google Wallet, giving you access to your funds in one place, easy, kind of like a bank on the ethereal plane.
This list could go on and on of how Google is everywhere and everything seems to flow to Google. Overall, I think Google is not such a bad choice for a higher power, especially in this technology based world. When it comes down to it, Google is there for you whatever you may need guidance or help with, from having your questions answered without the need for a decoder ring, helping you be financially responsible, collecting your memories in picture and document format, helping you organize your schedule and events, giving you a place to journal, providing you with a community, and so much more.
And with that, all I have to say is, Praise Google!!