July 16, 2018
Issue 7 2018
Google vs God

Google vs God - Volume 1

Volume One - Same, Same, but different.

In an ever-expanding global community of acceptance and knowledge, two opinions remain. Left vs right. Agnostic vs Christian. Science vs spirituality. But what happens when these opinions collide, and the two sides agree for once? Two students, both alike in career vision and identity, but from opposing upbringings and households, discuss certain topics from both perspectives, ‘Google vs God’.

Google

Female

Middle-class family

Studying Design at Massey

Agnostic

Growing up, I had a whole lot of questions - why do I suddenly have hair all over my body? Will James ever like me? Is idiot a swear word or is my sister just trying to get me in trouble? If I call my sister an idiot will I get the wooden spoon? Is the wooden spoon even allowed? Can I say FUCK if I get the wooden spoon?? And so on. So many big, important life questions, so little time. How would I ever get the answers I needed? When I was ten, I realised that God with a capital G existed. Supposedly the guy knew a lot of stuff, and because I had a lot of questions, I thought I’d give the prayer thing a crack. It could have been the fact that my spiritual experience was limited to saying grace to the tune of the Adams Family theme song on camp, but I just wasn’t getting the answers I needed. I soon learned about the other all-knowing big G: the one and only Google. Google was like the dictionary on crack and influenced every decision I made. Committing to logic instead of religion, I went on with my life. Sure, I got into a bit of trouble here and there, but I haven’t suffered any major tragedies (touch wood). I’ve got a solid job, doing well in my degree, and I am in a happy relationship. And I reckon that’s just the luck of the draw, not because anybody is looking over and guiding me.

God

Female

Middle-class family

Studying Design at Massey

Christian

I am a publicly-proclaimed Christian and have been my whole life. From early childhood education, I’ve learnt my math equations through the likes of stories such as David and Goliath (distance over time equals velocity of rock that hit said giant), Noah’s Ark (2 x 10,000 different species equal how many animals in total). Not until high school did I realise just how sheltered I had been growing up. Suddenly my world was immersed in a combination Bieber Fever and Sunday School. My life – as many would relate with – is making decisions either based on my spirituality and beliefs, or secular norm. This has resulted in many an awkward situation, including quitting Speech and Drama classes because I refused to say ‘oh my god’ in a play, and having my first kiss and first sexual encounter in the same weekend. It is a constant struggle balancing what I think God wants from me, and what others expect from me. Somehow, with minimal damage to my self-esteem and a decent amount of confidence under my belt, I ended up at Massey University studying Visual Communication Design, figuring out what I’m going to do as a career, and mentally preparing myself for the unknown. I haven’t suffered any major tragedies (touch wood), I’ve got a solid job, doing well in my degree, and in a happy relationship. I am blessed to be where I am, opening myself up to discussing and debating what the world has offer me.

Next Issue: We discuss the Pro-life debate, Google vs God style.