On social media, technology, and the shift from conversation to connection:
WE expect more from technology and less from one another and seem increasingly drawn to technologies that provide the illusion of companionship without the demands of relationship. Always-on/always-on-you devices provide three powerful fantasies: that we will always be heard; that we can put our attention wherever we want it to be; and that we never have to be alone. Indeed our new devices have turned being alone into a problem that can be solved.
A quick take on being a focused blogger. As a somewhat, semi-serious blogger, I definitely feel those moments when I get the urge to write, have nothing to spit out, and end up being tempted to post something inane. It’s like that saying, if you’ve got nothing nice (or productive/relevant/etc) to say, then don’t say anything at all.
From ParadoxUganda (the blog of Uganda missionaries Scott & Jennifer Myhre):
Malnutrition in all its forms, rickets, marasmus, kwashiorkor, anorexia, bulimia, obesity . . . is a frustrating illness to treat, but also perhaps the most satisfying to cure. Because it is multifaceted, the analysis and solution draws upon the entire spectrum of medical, social, and spiritual insight. The patient must be treated along with the family. The approach requires team work. And the long-term prevention requires big-picture thinking about politics and justice and truth.
The Kingdom is described as a feast, a banquet, a meal. The Fall from Grace occurred in an act of eating, and redemption comes the same way. Jesus gives Himself to us in bread and wine. So it is no surprise that much of the harm in our world comes through the mis-use of food. If we could return to its holiness and wholesomeness, we would be closer to real LIFE.
Self-explanatory. Looking forward to being 50!