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He shall cover thee with His feathers, and under His wings shalt thou find refuge: His truth is a shield and buckler
Psalms 91:4

Be it ours,when we cannot see the face of God, to trust under the shadow of His wings. C.H. Spugeon

Friday, May 28, 2010

Notwithstanding ...

As each generation 'comes to pass' the evidence of their convictions becomes manifest. Honest evaluation of lives lived in reality only occurs when faced with immenent demise. Therein lies the strength and courage of belief and faith. Each generation seeks to 'pass on' the wisdom and knowledge of life's lessons; to translate meaning into footpaths.

We have seen the educational process of this transference change with each succeeding generation.

Education was at one time 'hands-on' a father teaching his son, a mother teaching her daughter, the home was the school and the environment of learning was the everyday activities of life.

This method is still in place today, however, in our society its force for instilling moral principles into personal lives has been reduced by the impetus placed upon education apart from the home environment. We are dependant upon a system which teaches our children and provides knowledge in a wide variety of subjects without a parents direct involvement.
We have allowed a system of beliefs access to our homes and children, which in other socities would never be allowed. It is in this 'education' that Christians find the demise of the moral fabric of our culture. What is taught in the home is refuted by the 'knowledge' of scholars thoughout the world who are experts in thier fields and whose teachings stand as authoritative. We are standing by as our children are indoctrinated into a set of beliefs, contrary in many regards, to the moral teachings of the Bible.
This coupled with the discontent with 'Church', with the institution of the 'Church', resulting in people not attending regularly and as recourse not availing themselves of opportunities to receive 'Christian' teaching have left a void in the tranference of faith and belief from generation to generation.

What this does is creates an identity crisis, generationally. Identity crisis may not be the right term, the identity exists and it exists as self,  wholly, completely, supreme, divine and autonomous. We have moved into a culture of unauthored life, where the script is written by any and all individuals. I can live, move and breathe independantly of others, I can create my reality, I can move within my fantasy, I can be the author of my own existence and I can interact with the authorship of other realities and fantasies. The cultural center of life revolves around me. This is the culture created by the technological explosion of Internet, Blogging, 
Interactive Video Games, Instant Texting, Facebook, Twitter, etc. This is the culture created by Big Brother, American Idol, Fear Factor, The Apprentice, where audience participation, I, have a role in the determination of the outcome. Life by proxy and popular opinion. What effect will this have on this generation as it matures?
"A culture based on these things can have no memory – certainly not the burdensome sense of a preceding cultural inheritance -- amnesiac: these are cultural actions in the present moment with no sense of either past or future."
The terms by which authority, knowledge, selfhood, reality and time are conceived have been altered. We, my generation, speak of things having 'lasting value', the 'timeless', things that 'stand the test of time', we inherited cetain views to life that involved history, permanence, stability. Now, there exists a triteness, a shallowness that dominates all. Life is not the Blair Witch Project nor a movie shot by Michael Moore anymore than it was a screenplay by Andy Warhol or Woody Allen. We understood, understand the difference, fantasy was never confused with reality. Life, lived, was never confused with a life apart from everyday sweat, toil, blood and tears.

Nietzsche said, ‘He who has a why to live for can bear with almost any how.'

We have moved from a predominant Judeo-Christian work ethic to one of skeptical, questioning, ambivalent, narcissitic neurosis to a further state of the trance-like fanatasy of 'silent autism'.

As I see it we are on a downward spiral, perhaps more aptly put, a plunge. I am sure that generations of parents before have viewed the successive generation with a critical evaluation of thier future. However it is difficult in the light of the current demise of society to see anythinmg redeemable from our current state.

Notwithstanding ...

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