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Angelica Sarata (left) and Riley Oakes, (right) both 8, hold bowls of fruit for sampling by Jody Shafer (second from left) and Haley Martin, in a market scene rehearsal for a live nativity presentation at Summit Christian Church on Sunday in Akron, Ohio. (Michael Chritton/Akron Beacon Journal)
Elisabeth Davis (right) as Mary adjusts the costume of Madison Stewart, 3, as a market child, with Pam Pulay, the innkeeper's wife; Michael Scheffer, Joseph; and Dale Campbell, a centurion, before a rehearsal for a live nativity presentation at Summit Christian Church on Sunday in Akron, Ohio. (Michael Chritton/Akron Beacon Journal)
Modern society fetishizes technology, worships convenience and strives for technological-driven convenience above most everything. If this year’s coveted Rube Goldberg SmartMachine can be made easier and cheaper by robots in foreign lands, or constructed out of lower-quality materials, then doggone it, the average person or business will happily take the cheaper, easier option, thank you very much.