Be suspicious of “news.”
Humans crave conflict. Our bent/broked/fallen/”normal” understanding of the problem of “good” and “evil” leads us to conceive of our mythologies exclusively in the terms of heroes who slay monsters. The dilemma is that 1st-world molehill monsters can only help us justify our rebellious rage at God (and the dissatisfaction inherent in carnal love for American living) when we make mountain monsters out of them. This is how Twitter makes money.
Or, when they feel like it, how any gaslighting power steals elections.
But before we tangent into a 51% mandate that Republicans follow completely different standards, expectations, and rules than the AP did for the last four years, let me just assert again that if learning the American Presidential election (or any election) endured or was won by fraudulent tactics comes as “news” to you, then you have already proven my point.
Evil men don’t do good things out of kindness. They only do it out of selfishness. And, as the tragedy of the commons demonstrates, nobody is motivated to look out for anyone else without skin in the game.
If you believe that on this side of our Lord’s parousia the United States of America is beyond corruption or collapse, then I have a Small Catechism to sell you.
When no other monster is there to fight, my neighbor or brother will do in a pinch. That is the “news” evil men sell you as popcorn for the brain. Their consciences are seared. Those who listen to them become like them.
By the same token, be suspicious of your need to share. Remember that your information is the crop, and Twitter is the harvester, cutting the value off the top, repacking and selling it back to you from their mansions over the skies of Siliconopia.
It remains, the more time you spend online, the more you submit yourself to these self-made overlords of information.
To believe that Christians, Christianity, or your local church and family structures can offer ourselves freely to the (atheistic/or-demonic) social and cognitive programming experiment that is the post-networked industrialization zeitgheist without ramification seems to me to be a perilous jettisoning of the fear of God.
If man’s incurvatus need to justify our inner psyches at the cost of being hijacked by an oligarchy of corporations whose sole purpose is to amplify “news” of the discord among us, all in order to profit from it at our expense isn’t enough to convince you that the ancient march of debt and ghettoized bond-servitude are present North American problems fast becoming future watersheds for you and your children, then nothing will.
I’m not paranoid. God is watching me. But give Ed Snowden a listen anyway: it will expand your mind. (Joe Rogan’s language is “NSFW”)
Then remember that none of that matters. Only the Ten Commandments, the Creed and the Lord’s Prayer do. But all this other nonsense helps us remember why we need them so desperately.
Until next time,
Be strong, and let your heart know courage.