We live in a fallen world by the dangerous presumption that we are unfallen. (Wendell Berry)
“They do not know him who is the Way, your Word through whom you made those very things they are reckoning, together with themselves who do the reckoning, and the senses with which they perceive the things they reckon, and the mind with which they reckon; yet your wisdom is beyond reckoning.”
- Will I worship achievement–academic or otherwise?
- Will I worship work–being better, more efficient, etc?
- Will I worship acclaim–the approval of those I work with and for?
O Lord our God,grant us to trust in your overshadowing wings:protect us beneath them and bear us up.You will carry us as little children,and even to our grey-headed age you will carry us still.When you are our strong security, that is strength indeed,but when our security is in ourselves, that is but weakness.Our good abides ever in your keeping,but in diverting our steps from you we have grown perverse.Let us turn back to you at last, Lord, that we be not overturned.Unspoilt, our good abides with you,for you are yourself our good.We need not fear to find no home againbecause we have fallen away from it;while we are absent our home falls not to ruins,for our home is your eternity.
“Alienation breeds a distrust that corrodes any collective effort. To be “woke” in the alienated culture is to embrace the most cynical interpretation of every situation, to assume bad intent in every actor, to imagine the conspiratorial malevolence of your foes.” (David Brooks, http://nyti.ms/2rhLkCk)
Both political sides have experienced alienation over the past year: the ‘right’ in the months leading up the election; the ‘left,’ in its aftermath. Both have used it to their advantage. Both continue to use it to fuel their speech and actions.
But I’m not sure one can do much with alienation after it’s spent–usually in acquiring some kind of power. Or whether one can unite a coalition, much less a country, powered by alienation.
It’s like the ‘fuel’ in bottle rockets. Only the ‘pop’ remains.
After reading about the tragedy of a 12-year-old Georgia girl, who streamed her suicide, I have to wonder about streaming technology’s ubiquity. What criteria should we use to evaluate such technologies, which have great capacity for good and evil? Marshall McLuhan, the father of media ecology studies, suggested a Media tetrad, 4 “Laws of Media.” Continue reading Streaming Video and McLuhan’s 4 Laws