Very nice Hadel! So interesting and timely as just yesterday I was sizing up the actual situation as I perceive it of how people have changed so much from just not many decades ago becoming more mechanical or even robotic; to me almost mindless machines or what some would classify as zombies! What got me going on this bent is how so much is now digital and internet with less and less actual real physical world tactile interaction or loss of genuine community yet these people think for some reason being bait clickers is just fine and the best thing since sliced bread! To me I see it as a loss of humanity and a retreat from being real as in pioneers or brave souls who each day wanted to face the elements and take life head-on but now they prefer to be couch potatoes and sit cloistered in some room alone in some delusional trance; a new kind of drug this bait clicking!
Here is a piece of what I wrote yesterday.
Bishop Fulton Sheen had these words of wisdom to share in his “Way to Happiness.”
He had this to say about the deep seated need of humans to search for Life, Truth and Love.
“These three things are not to be found in this life in their completion: on earth life is shadowed by death, truth mingles with error, love is mixed with hate. But men know they would not long for these things in their purity if there were no possibility of ever finding them. So being reasonable, they search for the source from which these mixed and imperfect portions of life, love, truth derive.”
Fulton Sheen also pointing out how we imperfect and greatly flawed humans upon seeing this fact about ourselves is very demoralizing but is the beginning or preparation to then realize it is necessary to take a step toward humility for without it achieving real joy is not possible; as humility is Truth and I say the facing of it makes us stronger not weaker!
“Humility is truth about yourselves. A man is six feet tall, but who says: “I am only five feet tall,” is not humble. He who is a good writer is not humble if he says: “I am a scribbler.” Such statements are made in order that there might be a denial and thus win praise. Rather he would be humbler who says: “Well, whatever talent I have is a gift of God and I thank Him for it.”
“…this perennial tension in man can be accepted and made bearable only by a surrender of the self to God. Then whatever happens is welcomed as a gift of love; frustration cannot happen to us for we have no clamorous, selfish will.”
“Joy can be felt in both prosperity and adversity. In prosperity it consists not in the goods we enjoy but in those we hope for; not in the pleasures we experience but in the promise of those which we believe without our seeing. Riches may abound but those for which we hope are the kind which moths do not eat, rust consume, nor thieves break through and steal. Even in adversity there can be joy in the assurance that the Divine Master Himself died through the Cross as the Condition of His Resurrection.”
And all things in moderation is something I learned as a boy from my parents which they obviously learned through experience and from their parents and the teachings of Fulton Sheen I happen to know!
“The most intense and lasting joys come only to those who are willing to practice a certain self-restraint, to undergo the boredom of a preliminary discipline.” The Venerable Fulton Sheen.
So these are the kinds of things that truly matter to me and should to any sensible sane person in my humble opinion! Because the seeking of praise or confirmation by others is a vain and fruitless cause and an actual illness or diversion from Truth, and is rather a delving into foolish arrogance, conceit, self-worship or confusion which are not of God at all but the opposite! And those are the attitudes or behaviors too often times displayed and propagated on the internet, what become the actual motivations behind many of the bait clickers as I call them, and following chasers or praise seekers, by the multitudes of lost souls spending far too much time living in an artificial, fake and deceptive false world that has many allures or even snares to trap those foolish enough to partake of such a Pandora’s Box!
Time as we live it out in our short lives is far too precious to be frittering it away with triviality and non-reality such as we find on the internet; but those precious moments should be spent with the actual living in person and accomplishing tasks that need to be accomplished in order to do good in the world that which must be God’s will not our own! Amen.
God bless you and yours.
Brother in Christ Jesus,
Lawrence Morra III