“Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, ‘If ye continue in My word, then are ye My disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.’ ” John 8:31,32.
“People will generally accept facts as truth only if the facts agree with what they already believe.” Andy Rooney
The inner Andy Rooney is surfacing… I was going to post this on a social networking site, but then thought better of it. Why waste my time? Today I’m in sort of a “rage stage”, so I’ll post it here, among thinking readers who can relate to more than simplistic monosyllabic expletives, “lols”, and grunts.
It always amazes me how otherwise silent stalkers and snipers quickly respond to commentary in “social” networks, if it’s something they don’t like to hear about their politically correct “political icons”. These same “friends”, however, seldom respond (or even hit the “like” button) in support of any other post made outside of politics. Nor do they respond to personal news or interests. They specialize in posturing and snarling, being (unwittingly?) programmed to react in defense of their demigods and their agendas.
Spiritual content – pointing to real answers, like repentance and deep, uncompromising discipleship in Christ – are out of the question.
This speaks volumes on how lines are now being drawn in the sand & how super charged today’s issues are – and where it may be going. (See Matthew 25:32)
It also reveals kindred spirits, but also people on one’s “friends” list who are not actually friends, but silent stalkers and snipers.
These tell-tale hearts also warn us as to where to let sleeping dogs lie and lying dogs sleep.
It also says a lot about “friendships” and the birds-of-a-feather-flock-together nature of it. “Natural” friendship means people divinely ordained in this construct some regard as reality, who cross your path and join you along the way. You simply “resonate” to each other… Or not.
Friendships are not developed in any electronically generated “place where everybody knows your name” but few really know you. A “friend” is not someone on your social network list that you’ve never met, even if it’s a relative of someone you actually know in real life, nor is it a mere acquaintance known in actual life with whom you share very little commonality or even interest.
And sometimes you wind up being unpleasantly surprised when you meet the last category within social networking. It is revealed where they stand and why there has been uneasiness or even strife with them.
They will not be there for you when the going gets rough. They may even be “trolls” who represent politics and philosophies you diametrically oppose – introducing themselves into your cyberspace as your friend, just to see what you post – and taking your information who knows where for who knows what.
Then there are the self absorbed, loving it when others respond to their posts, but with little or no intention of being supportive of anyone else’s. They love the spotlight, the ego trips, the drama, and having hundreds if not thousands of “friends”. These too will not watch your back, anymore than the politically charged. They couldn’t care less – just as long as they have a following of ditto-heads affirming to them “how great thou art”.
Well, how shallow does it get?
Personally I’m finished with superficial, collegiate, adolescent so called friendship. I’m just saying it like it is. What’s the point of posting anything, frankly, if there’s no reciprocity in it? What a waste of time!
With some your insides go to yellow alert: “Why have I let this person into my mind space? If they were knocking at the door of my home without an appointment, would I even answer it?”
Sorry, but that’s the way it is. I’m fully disenchanted with electronic “social networking”, and will only use it from now on to keep in touch with those closest to me who are actually a part of my life.
The rest of my time will be spent happily blogging, where I can express myself with more than monosyllabic profanities, reason through and construct actual sentences, paragraphs, and articles that may actually be read by thinking people.
I’ve always been a what-you-see-is-what-you-get sort of individual. I question everything, and due to the fact that I care, I share.
I also care about reciprocal conversation. With social networking, it’s like attending a cocktail party where you’re invisible and everyone is drunk!
I have concluded this also through electronic socializing: people need to maintain stronger personal boundaries!
Trends these days seem designed to crash boundaries (including the borders of our country!) and force them open to frankly undesirable influences, under the phony mask of do gooding. This is a completely unnatural M.O. that everybody ought to question – personally, professionally, and politically. It is deceitful, duplicitous, and manipulative.
We tell our children, “Don’t talk to strangers,” but then there’s nothing stranger or of greater danger than the risks of unknown people who burst through “your space” on the Internet!
I seriously wonder if all these social sites are not simply experiments revealing how easily people will drop their defenses and allow themselves to be compromised because they want to be “liked”.
If so, who’s conducting the experiment?
Think about that for a moment, in light of how much has been revealed by a number of well-known whistleblowers concerning the incursions of the global snoop systems into private life. Then we march along in lock step paying enormous taxes to support it! That in itself speaks volumes.
How easily we’ve been cowed into surrendering ourselves to these forces, even defending it, and practically worshipping the people who are behind it and have sold their souls to it – the puppets of “official-dumb”!
Politics, with its grasping, controlling tentacles, represents essentially one thing: various self serving people who think they know what’s “best” for the rest. It’s “Father Knows Best” on steroids with a perverse twist.
This goes for corporations, governments, education, allopathic medicine and pharmacy, and the like. All these mega systems have become nothing more than bullies mandating this and engineering that – all in the name of the “common good”, but mostly covering their own bottom lines and personal interests.
I keep wondering when I fell down this rabbit hole!
But here’s the good news: the chickens are coming home to roost one of these days. There’s probably a mathematical equation floating around the ethers somewhere that tells us the time is not far off.
Basically it works like this: what goes around comes around. You’ve dished it out; and will eat a large portion of it yourself. You’re not going to like the taste of it. That’s no threat; it’s a divine promise. There are built in God-ordained Laws and Principles that guarantee a balanced outcome. Like it or not, no one is above THOSE Laws!!!
If you find that objectionable, please feel free to hit the unfriend, unfollow, or block button – while you still have the freedom to do so. I’ll be glad you did.