We build machines to alleviate the work of living, yet somehow manage to create more work to live. We use machines to build houses to protect us from nature, but have managed to become disconnected from nature. We build machines to make travel easier, but often find travel harder, not to mention getting along with all the travelers and their machines. We use machines to reduce human error, but find our errors now have a bigger impact.
We cannot build enough machines to insulate us from life or death or to give us time to find “God.” Still we can build our machines. But we can also build something else that is not a machine: Simple consideration for others. That effort alone will do more to alleviate our “suffering” than any machine. That effort will do more to alleviate our desire to find “God” than any quest. Nonetheless, there is a price to pay when practicing simple consideration for others: Until we do it, life will continue to be difficult. And neither machine nor “God” will be much help, no matter how much effort we put into building our machines or in trying to find “God.”