By Hugh Akston
While many of us are faced with the time magazine cover that Layton so aptly described in his Blog: “The Message on TIME magazine cover” (http://www.912communique.com/profiles/blogs/the-message-on-time-magazine-cover-the-left-child-on-left-breast).
It is a reflection also of a deeper malaise that is overtaking our country; thinking; or really a lack there of. Individualism has succumbed to the group mentality, the “peer” group identity. Reality has been replaced with “Reality TV”. The individual persona has been medicated out with ADHD drugs, “Mothers little helpers”, and massive alcohol consumption.
The rugged individualism that won the west is dying out in the modern commercialization of today. We have a “living Barbie doll” recreated through plastic surgery to resemble the toy. Unfortunately she has developed the personality of the doll also. We have people trying to emulate such wonderful examples of mankind like Tia Tequila, Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi and Brad Pitt; just to name a few.
In the past we have often had folk lore heroes that people wanted to emulate, many like Daniel Boone, Rambo, Cinderella, and Peter Pan we often grow out of. With today’s technology though, now we can look like them, write our “family History” through Facebook and become whoever we want to be. Our fantasy idea of ourselves can now become our virtual reality, no need to grow up anymore. Don’t like the past? Then rewrite history to suit your personal goals.
You can now be a Black/White Cherokee Bi-sexual descendant of the love child of Mary Magdalene and Jesus Christ and the direct descendent of King Kamehameha of Hawaii at the same time and run for President of the United States. With photo Shop we can now cross the Delaware with Barack Obama and save the American Army form destruction or save the union at the battle of Gettysburg with Lincoln and Obama. We can even show that we stood beside Eisenhower and Obama as they planned the invasion of Normandy. Our imagination is the only limit to our virtual reality.
Every alcoholic used toothbrush salesman can now be the one who just missed making the US Olympic team. Every overweight girl can now be the first runner-up in the local beauty pageant or the “Special assistant” to Paris Hilton.
What is the price to society though? The lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh, the pride of life; Self-centered GREED. It is all about me. The world now revolves around me. My desires at the expense of all others. Loss of compassion and caring to those who are truly hurt and need our help. Stick them all in a basket and let the “government” help them, I am too busy with me.
We lose the ability of personal communications and hide behind an electronic screen; unlike Paul when he had a criticism of Peter: Galatians 2:11 “But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.” We can no longer look in the face of those who wronged us and challenge them directly; to resolve our differences and become closer to each other through that process.
We lose our personality, like the “living Barbie Doll”. People in our lives become things and lose their humanity in our eyes. Things to be cast aside when they no longer support the virtual reality in our minds.
We lose much more than we gain, for the things of this world will pass away, what we do for others will last forever.
Just my thoughts for today.