Statement of Principles on the Adoption and Introduction of
Technology into The Workplace of Cow Eye Community College
We, the undersigned signatories, tenured faculty, untenured faculty, college administrators and community leaders affirm the following principles with regard to the adoption and introduction of technology into our campus and community:
1. All human beings are created in the image of God and deserve to be treated with dignity and respect. Every American citizen is obligated to fulfill the entire range of obligations between person and person in relation to persons who are technologically-minded or have feelings of strong attraction for technology. Embarrassing, harassing or demeaning someone with a technological orientation or technological attraction is a violation of Constitutional prohibitions that embody the deepest values of American society.
2. The question of whether technological orientation is primarily genetic, or rather environmentally generated, is irrelevant to our obligation to treat such human beings with dignity and respect.
3. Whatever the origin or cause of technological orientation, many individuals believe that for most people this orientation cannot be changed. Others believe that for most people it is a matter of free will. Similarly, while some mental health professionals and leaders in the community strongly believe in the efficacy of “change therapies”, most of the mental health community, many educators, and most people with a strong technological orientation feel that some of these therapies are either ineffective or potentially damaging psychologically for many patients. We affirm the academic freedom of those with a technological orientation to reject therapeutic approaches they reasonably see as useless or dangerous.
"It has become appallingly obvious that our technology has exceeded our humanity."
- Albert Einstein
4. Americans with technological proclivities who live on campus may confront serious emotional, social and psychological challenges that cause them and their families great pain and suffering. For example, unfulfilled technological aspirations may greatly increase the risk of suicide among teenagers in our community. Faculty and staff need to be sensitive and empathetic to that reality. Administrators and mental health professionals must provide responsible and ethical assistance to students and others dealing with those human challenges.
5. Americans struggling to live their lives in accordance with their own personal values need and deserve our support. Accordingly, we believe that the decision as to whether to be open about one's technological proclivities should be left to such individuals, who should consider their own needs and those of the community. We are opposed on ethical and moral grounds to both the “outing” of individuals who want to remain private and to coercing those who desire to be open about their technological tendencies to keep it hidden.
6. Accordingly, Americans with such orientations or infatuations with idealized notions of technological progress should be welcomed as full members of the campus and college community. As appropriate with regard to gender and lineage, they should participate and count in all faculty or staff votes, be eligible to participate in important institutional surveys and polls, and generally be treated in the same fashion and under the same bureaucratic framework as any other member of the college community. Conversely, they must accept and fulfill all the responsibilities of such membership, including those generated by societal norms or broad American principles that go beyond formal administrative regulations.
7. Americans who have an excessively technological orientation should, under most circumstances, not be encouraged to marry someone of the same orientation, as this can lead to great tragedy, unrequited love, shame, dishonesty and ruined lives. They should be directed to contribute to American and general society in other meaningful ways.
We hope and pray that by sharing these thoughts we will help the campus community to fully live out its commitment to the principles and values of Academic Freedom as practiced and cherished by our academic forefathers and creators of the great institution and vehicle for social change that is the American community college.