Jan. 30, 2022

Musings: News, Community, Reality

I'm wondering if it's about time to take back the narrative on our own terms at a grass roots level - go back to the things that have meaning to us all instead of being taken in by the things that keep us tense and restless and, frankly, a bit scared - even if we think we're not. Focus on what we care about, not what is pitched at us incessantly by media and social media. So that they will know what reality is, the youngsters especially need to be encouraged by their parents to -

Shut off the TV. Shut off the devices. 

What is "news" anyway? What is life, in fact? Is it what the "big voices" say it is, mainstream or alternative? In other words, their interests. Or is it what you and I are thinking, saying, going through, and doing during our own real life daily moments - for better or for worse, to borrow a phrase - in our ordinary wonderful God given life?

Shut off the TV. Shut off the devices.

Are we holding the line on what’s precious to us, or have we been “spelled” by some sort of darkness that wants us gazing into its serpent eyes through a screen, to our own peril?

Shut off the TV. Shut off the devices. 

Perhaps, as in any bad relationship, it's time to distance ourselves from enabling it by listening to it, imbibing it with our eyes and ears and minds, or passing it along (guilty as charged) via word of mouth or word of keyboard. It was a flirtation with something new when it started, but it grew into full blown faithlessness and betrayal to our own life! So it is necessary to repent -

Shut off the TV. Shut off the devices.

Have you ever wondered how it is that so many people, for good or for ill, have a “job” that consists of having a YouTube channel for pitching information? What has happened to actually producing something beautiful and/or useful? One can only begin to consider what that could mean if you -

Shut off the TV. Shut off the devices.

We, each and every one of us INDIVIDUALS is made in the image of our Creator. Yes, Creator. That means that in some way creativity is intrinsic to every one of us. But for the last 2 years in particular (or more) it's been a fight just to hold the line on not letting our minds and hearts be tinkered with by the perpetual droning of drums of a surreal war that has us in its sites, as if we're the desired property of some sort of "cosmic bully" who despises our Creator, everyone made in His image, and all that He has made. It’s draining and tiresome. Why do we pay any attention to it?

Shut off the TV. Shut off the devices.

It is easy to turn off the device. Back away. At least for awhile. Renounce. Get clean and clear. Dry out! It’s an addiction. So it would be best to -

Shut off the TV. Shut off the devices.

My own intention is to pull away. To “fast” from this fixation. It’s more important to spend time in prayer, in meditation on God’s Word, and in doing the things our Creator has given us to do in our own lives and sphere of influence. We should ask Him for Wisdom and guidance. And then follow through. We must -

Shut off the TV. Shut off the devices.

By the way, even a little fun is a part of this. We need leisure. We’re not machines. Let us not be talked into becoming willingly, or being made into, machines by the tinkering of technocracy with our minds and hearts! This is the “Borg” mindset. We must not let ourselves be assimilated. The best thing to do, here and now, is to -

Shut off the TV. Shut off the devices.

I sometimes wonder if the test here, more than anything, is to not let the bullies pull us away from our God given life - usually rather small scale (even with large families). Beyond a dozen "or so” people one might interact with on a regular basis, the “people clutter” becomes unmanageable. This is what makes small towns attractive. Sadly the people who take an interest in them all too often bring along their “city liberal globalist” mentality, rather than adapting to the small town mindset. And before you know it, the little town cannot be recognized for what it was. 

Shut off the TV. Shut off the devices.

Global scale anything is not of interest to the majority of us. Online exposure and conversation threads and videos are not “communities”! Yet one will observe that many refer to them as such. Be aware and beware of this when you notice it, and then -

Shut off the TV. Shut off the devices. 

Communities are physical gatherings of physical people who live in rather close proximity to one another, who know each other, and care about what happens to one another. We’ve been pulled away from that by the spell of electronics and the flicker rates of screens. So called online “communities” are not real because the physical component of interaction is not there - body language, speech, tone, voice inflections… Zuckerberg et al do not have real communities. So -

Shut off the TV. Shut off the devices. 

We need to take a hard look at this redefinition of community, and what it’s doing to real community. Gather together on the front porch or living room. Or a picnic in the park, or a block party…  To do that effectively -

Shut off the TV. Shut off the devices.

Personally, I think the current electronic preoccupation pulls us into a little “device” or two through which those who control those devices expect us to relate to one another. They call it “community standards.” This is mesmerization, not community. It is illusion. It is a lie. It is imperative that we -

Shut off the TV. Shut off the devices.

We might have thought this to be great fun ten or fifteen years ago as internet usage skyrocketed. But the effect it has had on real community, in many ways, has been devastating. There’s only one solution:

Shut off the TV. Shut off the devices.

And walk away into reality.

Live life!

 

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