Thursday, December 27, 2012

Regression of Society

I don't know if it's some kind of hidden human trait, but just when you think we're becoming a more enlightened society, more caring and compassionate, we somehow completely regress ourselves.

As an example of our regression, take a look at onesies! It is the ultimate, I want to look like a baby, motif. Comfortable is one thing, but do you have to borrow clothese from your kids? What next, nappies? Oh wait, some people already do that.

Can't we invent something going forward that is actually a bit more adult? What's wrong with looking like Barney Stinson?

Unfortunately though, this is just an indication for me about larger issues in society.

Ironically Im posting on Blogger, and Im actually becoming largely against electronic communication in favouring a more human response.

The problem I see is echoed by the recent tragedy in America with the shooting of all those children.

While it is easy to look at the surface and talk about banning guns, tighter control, and wishing the perpetrators are rotting in hell (hrm - how enlightened), we must look a little bit under the surface.

What was it that allowed that gunman to slip through the cracks in society, where nobody was concerned about his mental health and welfare, where nobody gave him the help or support he seemingly needed. Society has become isolationist and rather than checking in with the neighbour and forging friendships with those around us, we use technology and travel to keep in touch with a select group of people - mostly on the internet. Facebook calls them "Friends" - but you probably wouldn't recognise them in public.

Why couldn't we prevent this tragedy?

I've touched on it in previous blog posts, we can take away his guns, but at the end of the day, there would still be an individual, a man out there who needs some help.

Im not saying some people aren't just evil. but we're too quick to turn a blind eye instead of getting stuck in.

We close the curtains and get on line and gossip about how we want the world to be instead of actually doing something transforming the world we live in ourselves.

Facebook is a tool. Sitting on it won't change the world, for that you need a message, but Facebook and other social media can be used to help spread the message.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Mucknell Abbey

Ick. Blogger has a new look, which just goes to show how long I've been away from here.

Wow.

What a mad year. Weddings (not my own), House Moves, my trip to the monastery, starting a band, leaving the band, wanting to join a new band, singing lessons, norovirus, Samsung Galaxy S3, and constantly rolling depression. Lack of money, lack of hair, lack of inspiration.

It's had its highs and lows.

Today I want to talk about the monastery.

I visited Mucknell Abbey and I had a great time. I went for a retreat to try to determine my path in life, what I should do. I heard a voice tell me that I should be a Christian in the world and just do what makes me happy.

I've somewhat failed to do that, confined as I am by the trappings of modern day life. There's a certain question about whether to be foolish and do something risky against what society wants, or trusting in God if he really is telling me to get on with my music career! Well I can't do music without money.

I left that monastery with a great idea of what I wanted to do.

Three months on, the monastery is calling me. It's quite odd. In many ways, I would be suited to a monastic lifestyle. The thing that I find so inspiring, is the community aspect, living in community for the benefit of God, devoting yourself to his work.

No distractions.

While you're in the world, you need the trappings of the world to survive. It can be argued you don't need all this food and technology, but in some lines of work, you do. You need cars.

What a great thing the monastery is.

I will inevitably be going back to see what it's like, was I looking through rose tinted glasses? Is that really God's call?

Only time will tell.