Thursday, December 29, 2011
More on The Troubles With Modern Life
America is radically changing, I am old enough to remember when things were far, far different, and most of the changes are not positive ones. The last 5 years, I have seen even an acceleration of these changes. I wonder if anyone else is noticing or even cares?
Sure we have lots of new shiny toys, Ipods and fancy IPads, and Droids [are these names right?], and basically what amounts to fancy cell phones that one can go on the internet with, but has anyone asked why the power still goes out like it's the 1930's everytime there is an ice storm, hurricane or a bit of a high wind? That is just one way, this seems to be the era of empty toys and style over substance on the material level. Even the woefully limited gas power generators, are only for the wealthy or the extreme well-off prepper who has a 100 gallon gas tank in his own yard. Tons of shiny toys for the populace, but no real changes to the infrastructure which seems to be collapsing around us in America and just more wasted frenzy.
Sometimes I feel like everything is whizzing by me and that includes people who are becoming even more out of touch, and busy and it's like personal "production" and work is everything. It can hurt to be shunted aside so often, that person asks, "why try anymore"? Thankfully I find people who think like I do out there, who are not entranced by it all. To be frank, sometimes I just want to say, "Look, they want you to be a hamster on a spinning wheel because it keeps you from thinking too much!"
Has anyone sat down and wondered about where all the "we need to brag about being busy" stuff came from where everyone is busy spinning on the hamster wheel? No one ever slows down anymore. Where is the "dancing as fast as we can" ethos coming from? Where everyone feels they need to be on the move every second. Some of us can't keep up and watch it all, rather dumbfounded. I understand people having long work hours to contend with, but does anyone ever stop up look around and think, "Hey what I am doing?"
I believe this stuff has affected relationships, I talked about this issue before in this blog article: "Social Disconnection Vs. Loving One Another". What are all the broken connections doing to people? Lately I have thought of this, it is leading to a growing callousness. Even the Christian world, seems to be just as career and success driven. What happens to people when they only see the back end of others, or they realize in the busy competitive parade, that they can easily be 'replaced' and are seen as disposable people? Ever been a disposable person yourself? Once that happens, it can alter a person's view of the world quite a bit. Some of us come to God where He is our everything for a reason.
That too, I will warn people while I have had close friendships over the internet, some friendships lasting for over 10 years, formed long distance, I have found myself pondering the reality that you really cannot know someone the same way, you do online as you do in person. One thing write a blog like this one, and there are folks who do come out of the woodwork, and they do not all have your best interests at heart even while they may pretend to in the beginning. Sometimes it can even be scary, how so many will approach you seeming to be "friendly" in the email box, but you realize something is not right. Hey I am one to be blunt, I am tired of liars. A few on there are not, but too many are.
Even thinking about those modern evangelical books, Platt's and Chan's telling Christians to "go save the world", I think about this stuff. Friend goes to another megachurch friend, "Can you help me move next weekend, no sorry I have to go to Haiti, Yemen, [name other distant third world nation here] next week!". It looks like everyone is busy filling their resume's even in Christian world. Everything is about running all over the place. I saw this in the Catholic and mainline church world, where good women, who were well meaning, somehow seemed to think they had to work their fingers to the bone, and be busy every second, to please God. Even think about Mary and Martha here, Martha is the one running around getting upset because Mary isn't staying as busy:
Luke 10:38Now it came to pass, as they went, that he entered into a certain village: and a certain woman named Martha received him into her house.
39And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus' feet, and heard his word.
40But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord, dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.
41And Jesus answered and said unto her, Martha, Martha, thou art careful and troubled about many things:
42But one thing is needful: and Mary hath chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her.
I'd rather be Mary.
One other thing in modern life, and one way they have kept everyone busy, distracted and overwhelmed is imposing impossible standards. Many people relay to me, how they feel like nothing is ever good enough, and live their lives under endless rules, and imposing bosses at the workplace. I have seen this change too, where instead of just showing up for an honest day of labor, people are buried in rules. The tyranny of the bean counters is growing. We see this even at the governmental level too as they impose so many news laws and rules, everyone can barely keep up. Everyone wants to be perfect by standards by other people, forgetting God's standards and seeing life as nothing but a long list of rules, and expecting everyone to be "perfect". False religions all impose impossible rules that wear people down but so does the modern "religion" of success and being of this world.
1 Corinthians 3:19
For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
The "perfection" pressures ranges from the cosmetic and plastic surgery world, where "perfect bodies" are demanded especially as a huge pressure on women. Then there are the huge pressures to have "professional" level standards imposed everywhere. Here others determine what is acceptable and not acceptable. Even with this blog, there are those who seem to think unless it is written to the same level as someone with a hired staff, it has no place. I just say, "Hey give it a rest with the impossible standards!" Normal people, cast to the fringes of society while only the most 'successful' [or read here most conformist] need apply!
Some people barely feel free to live their lives, as the societal straitjackets grow tighter and tighter. There are many people out there, who even under these pressures do not feel they can do "good" enough and so do not even try. It is simply another way to pound the round pegs into the square holes and it works effectively to suppress people. Many barely feel like they can step out of the house, nowadays, leaving everything to the supposed EXPERTS. Well, I know I don't have 3 Phds behind my name, and admit to my failings. This isn't anything that is new to me.
2 Corinthians 12:9
And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.
What if I told you, that these changes in society are horrifying me, like they have thrown everything that is important in life, into a giant pit, and threw a match on it and burned it all up and most do not even care. I see a land of people, who insist on everyone being the same, and who beat others down, even with a smile on their face. They are enticed with their toys, delusional dreams and buying into all the new standards without questioning any of it.
Perhaps all of those who age grieve over what is being lost, but when you see everything you value, being destroyed and the suffering this causes to so many, it does give you a different view of things. Add to that the people who are running themselves ragged to fit impossible standards, this has included an older lady I know who exercises 6 hours a day at the Y, to prove some kind of odd discipline to the world to people who do not even have any friends, yes they are out there, because success comes before anything else.
Americans are not free, well we enjoyed more freedom then many for years but this is becoming one of the most conformist societies ever in world history. If you don't measure up, and we see the disenfranchised and poor out there too, you are cast adrift as an "outcast"! Hey embrace your "outcast" status. If you are the REAL DEAL, that is what you will be. I'd rather keep company with those who have hearts for God, rather then those who want to be perfect by the world's standards and impress others.
We are becoming an oppressive society,[note about link, I do not agree with author on every matter ] you think the oppression is to just to be applied to your body, and physical controls via the police state, cameras, surveillance, airport searches? No it's being applied to your MIND as well and people far smarter then you, are working heavily to influence you and your loved ones. Are you allowing yourself to be changed by this world, or are you allowing the Holy Spirit to change you?
Rom 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what [is] that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Is anyone else here thinking about the changes in modern life, and how it's all about control and imposing impossible standards to oppress people? God help me in dealing with and watching this whole farce.