I don’t watch the news or read the newspaper. If you are at my house and you hear CNN, CSPAN or any sort of news anchor coming from my TV, something is terribly, terribly wrong and you should seek medical attention for me immediately.
I’ve never really understood the point of the news. Why do we feel the need to report occurrences of the worst of humanity? What fascinates us about the downfall of society or the antics of celebrities? What captivates us about seeing devastation and disaster? It’s all just sad and depressing. Don’t we have something else to talk about?
There is a plus side to the media mania. In our desperate search to stay on top of things, many cool tools have been development. Take for instance my favorite discovery for 2010: RSS Feeds.
RSS Feeds are what I consider golden nuggets of technology. They allow you to subscribe to blogs (yay!) and news headlines (boo!) on various sites. So, you can open your e-mail and get the latest blog post (yay!) or headlines (boo!) from the sites you love without having to leave the comforts of your own inbox.
There are no bookmarks to click on. I’m sure that’s considered cruel and unusual punishment in some countries. You don’t have to open your internet browser and type in the website. Who does that anymore? No Google searches because you just can’t remember that website address. That is so 2009! It’s the epitome of internet laziness and it’s brilliant.
I’m sure my lack of concern for current events shocks some and saddens others. I realize I’m one in a minority of people who had rather be completely oblivious and happy than to be aware and miserable. But may I be so bold as to suggest that happy and oblivious is the way God intended us to live our lives? After all, wasn’t eating from the tree of knowledge what got us into this mess? (Genesis 2:17) Thanks Adam. Thanks Eve.
It was never God’s intention for us to know everything. We were supposed to leave that up to Him. He’s in the business of omniscience – not us. That is a burden we were never intended to bear (Romans 11:33-24), but you wouldn’t know it by looking at us with blackberries and iPhones glued to our ears, computers on every desktop, TVs in every room. When will we learn – it’s not our job to be omniscient? Our job is to know God and to trust Him with the rest (Proverbs 2:1-6).