I decided for today’s Sunday quote that I’d flip open the bible (that Heather gave me for Christmas) and write down the first red letter phrases I saw.
St. John 12:44-47
Jesus cried and said, “He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me. And he that seeth me seeth him that sent me. I am come a light into the world, that whosoever believeth on me should not abide in darkness. And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.”
I have mentioned before that I am in a writing group. Since I started this blog, it has become something we discuss from time to time in our meetings. There is one member who is very open about her dislike for the art form of the blog. She has on more than one occasion said “I don’t understand why you do it. Why do you want to put yourself out there like that?” To me though, it is becoming normal. My generation and younger seem to not have a problem with baring their souls to the world. In comparison to most blogs, I’d go as far as to say I hold back. There is stuff about me that will never make it to this blog.
The internet allows us to be “naked” and sometimes this is a hard pill to swallow. Last week a Twitter friend was killed by a train. Her fiance directed me to the article about the accident. I was shocked to see that of the 40 comments, 20 of them had to be removed because they were offensive. A man lost the love of his life, 4 children lost their mother, a family that was being built has now crumbled and all of this just 2 weeks before Christmas and people had the audacity to post to a public newspaper forum comments so rude that they had to be removed. It broke my heart. The lack of compassion was difficult to comprehend. In reading a different article about another train accident people were commenting more about their annoyance for being held up than the lives that were lost.
People complain about the state of our society. They ask what is wrong here and where will it end. The truth is, this is nothing new. I don’t believe things are any worse now than they have ever been. The only difference is we’re all exposed, the good and the bad. Celebrities and politicians can’t get away with negative behavior. With the technology of today and the general interests of the public, it’s very hard for them to have secret lives. Regular people no longer make derogatory remarks to their friends and families, they do it online so everyone can read. The good souls among us no longer just encourage and teach their children, but they go out and start websites (like Owning Pink) and spread their wisdom across the world.
There was a time when pedophiles could molest their children and grandchildren right under their own roofs and no one would speak of it. It never crossed the minds of people that something like this could happen, unless of course it was their family. I am not so blind to believe this doesn’t still happen, but thanks to the media and people’s willingness to bring it to light, I’m sure it doesn’t happen as often. People are less afraid these days to tell the truth. They have a stage for better or worse where they can release the skeletons and find support. There are many dark corners of the internet, but there are also countless bright places.
I choose to take a positive stance on this and believe that this window and all the people who stand in front of it will ultimately make us better. I know some of it looks very grim. The worst and best out there gain momentum with each click by someone who believes in them. But I’ll hold onto the idea that God has got this all under control and at the end of the day…good will prevail!