Hans Rosling recently gave a TED talk on the immense productivity that has come with industrialization (HT). To demonstrate such benefits, Rosling centers his discussion around the washing machine, a tool most Westerners simply take for granted.
Although Rosling puts significant emphasis on the silliness and hypocrisy that permeates the green movement, he concludes his talk by pointing back to the productivity factor. When products assume tasks for us — particularly labor- and time-intensive tasks — we are free to pursue other endeavors.
In the case of Rosling’s mother, the washing machine gave her time to go to the library, teach herself English, and inspire a love for scholarship in her son. Such stories should prompt all of us to think critically about how we are using our time.
For most of us, the answer would include a balance of family, leisure, hobbies, school, etc., but as Christians, we also need to think of such prioritization and maximization through the lens of our ultimate God-given callings, particularly our Biblical imperative to proclaim the Gospel to all people. Given the tools that industrialization has equipped us with, are we really using them to achieve the ultimate balance of our time and resources?
The earthly value of increased productivity is incredibly simple to grasp. How, then, can we live our earthly lives while retaining sight of the heavenly implications of such benefits?
To watch Hans Rosling’s video on prosperity and income disparity, click here.