Thursday, August 20, 2009

'Live in the now man'

That comment, said in a dopey voice was how you did the stereotype of a hippy in high school, man it made me laugh.

But on that topic, read this article :) Very interesting...

It turns out, the present is not dead. According to a New York Times article, recently socialites in Manhattan rediscovered the present when they hosted a series of small parties which were explicitly “off the record”, which meant “no tweeting, no blogging, no photos”. The idea, according to one of the party’s hosts, was “to let invitees talk fearlessly in the present.” He goes on:

We are fighting against this whole idea that everything people do has to be constantly chronicled…People think that every thought they have, every experience – it if is not captured it is lost.

And they are bravely fighting the idea that everything needs to be chronicled, by chronicling this fight in The New York Times.

The rediscovery of the present moment has led to further rediscoveries of things once thought lost, like conversation. One of the hosts exclaims:

When it’s off the record, you actually listen to the conversation, not just wait for your turn to speak.

That a leading newspaper ran an article about a party in which people actually had a conversation tells us something striking about the world in which we live. No longer merely reflective of our social lives, Twitter and Facebook are beginning to shape them. The present moment is constantly being packaged into clever little tweets and status updates, or recorded as endless and instantly uploaded photos. That is, the present moment is chronicled rather than experienced; it is shaped for consumption by others, rather than those actually present. We are in danger of retreating from genuine human relating.

I am probably going too far here. I suspect most people don’t experience things this way. Still, I think it is a warning worth making. Social-networking sites, in some form or another, seem to be here to stay. The danger is, we will become better at relating through technology than in the flesh; better at clever one-liners than genuine conversation, like characters in a sitcom. This is, after all, the safe option. Relating in real time involves risk, the possibility of hurt, disappointment, misunderstanding, boredom. But it also carries with it the possibilty of intimacy, of being genuinely known, cared for, understood, loved. That is, relating in real time actually involves relating, something that Facebook and Twitter, if misused, can get in the way of. By making us all “public” figures, these technologies threaten to make us as well-known as celebrites, that is, not really at all.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

This captures all that is wrong with society

I'm actually quite a fan of Mia Freedman's blog, she's got her foot in popular culture, but also has the brains to critique it.

This is just freakin depressing...

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Praying for healing??

As some of you may know, pretty much my entire footy season of 2009 has been non-existent due to a recurring hamstring injury. I've torn or 'twinged' it like 7 times already... Ridiculous.

Anyway, have been trying to think of as many alternate forms of physio type treatments as possible, as I've been doing everything right each time, but just coming up no good.

I have been praying about it a bit, but know of some people who do the whole praying for healing gig all the time, and was wondering whether I would go see them. It's bad terminology and sort of bad theology, but they are kinda 'prayer specialists'.

Anywho, I totally believe God can and does do that kinda thing sometimes (why and when is another question) but I have been a little retiscent to really spend a chunk of time praying about it.

I'm not exactly sure what it is, or why, but I just don't feel 100% comfortable with it. It's not like I have this image of God that can only heal ever so many people at a time, but I do wonder if there are more pressing things I should be praying about...

Like when there's people with seriously life debilitating illness', shouldn't I be praying for them rather than myself being able to play footy? And the same could be said of the millions of people living in material and spiritual poverty around the world, clealry those things are much more important than me running around for Tyabb.

I wonder if perhaps that's what this is all about, about needing to put it all in right perspective, about getting over myself and looking at the world around me first, about not being so consumed with my own little problems.

Maybe if I get that perspective right, then, and only then, should I spend a bit of time praying for my hamstring to heal...