Grace to you!
These days, more workplaces and homes are equipped with CCTV cameras. In the medical field or within security facilities, this is normal. Often, notice is placed at a prominent place so people would know there are cameras. We know there is a law to place the notice.
Apart from the security – deterrence – it promotes, it is also a way of checks and balances against mischievous behavior.
What happens when the camera reviewer sees that somebody was behaving as if to say he didn't know someone is watching? Surprisingly, we hear similar reports more frequently than one would expect.
What about the computers with webcams? Virtually, every computer manufactured in the last five years has Webcam. If you have ever used those computers, tablets, notebooks, netbooks or smartphones, you've been probably watched or videotaped. Somebody is watching.
With iCloud, iMac and Google map technologies, the whole claim of privacy is a joke. We all have been unwittingly thrust to public domain by our own click choices. Scary, isn’t it?
This may serve a good purpose, though not the kind one would want. At least, some people with a sense of self-control and discipline could constantly be on their best behavior; and some who would want a reminder of the ethical conduct in public view now have one in the webcam or the CCTV camera. What a paradox!
CCTV cameras have a way of making upset staff keep their composure with a rude customer, a nerving colleague or supervisor, the same way recorded phone calls promote politeness in customer service conversations. Webcams have a way of making us be on our best behavior while surfing or shopping online or even struggling to overcome the cyberloafing addictive temptations of the Internet. Not simply because somebody may be watching, but because that's the right thing to do.
Maybe the techno-culture of the webcam and the CCTV cameras could enrich our understanding of God’s omnipresence. How about if we always remember that God is here? How about if we cherish this truth that God knows us through and through; and that before we were intricately conceived in our mother's womb, God knew; and that we can’t flee from God's presence as the Book of Psalms states?
How about we be at our duty post, our service spot, on our best behavior? Not simply because the world is coming to an end or due to judgment, but because we are called in love to love and to serve; to be God's glory for all to see?
Do you know the answer to the fear of the apocalypse? It's sanctifying every moment of our day, being on duty at our post, staying awake, as Jesus told the disciples (Matthew 24:42). It’s also a call to responsibility.
If God were to have the lenses of the CCTV cameras (believe you me, God sees beyond the lenses), knowing us from our room to the closet, from the church to the workplace, from the street to the movie theater, would it change the way we live our life?
If it will, perchance we are not redeeming our time well; we aren’t at our duty post. How about living freely; sanctifying every moment in such a way that the CCTV cameras become obsolete because there is nothing wrong to see, no need for the camera operators to watch the clips? A life lived like that would be truly free and enjoyable. Such is the life of the redeemed. Pleasant!
God love you. God bless you.
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Fr. Maurice Emelu
Father Maurice provides a daily blog of reflections based on the bible readings of the day from the Catholic liturgical calendar. You will find these reflections helpful for your spiritual growth, inspiration and developing your own thoughts. It may also be helpful for ministers in preparing their sermons for liturgical celebrations.