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DON’T Go Green!

January 31, 2012

I listen to talk radio.  Don’t much care for the bombastic shows like Hannity, Rush or Beck, but I do like Medved, Bright, and a Christian woman who sounds like Dr. Laura but isn’t her, and is a lot more even keeled.  Some of the topics of my blog are drawn from talk shows.  Like this one:

The discussion was about a guest’s book comparing societal changes between 1962 and now without favorable results.  Church attendance is down, unwed pregnancy is up, etc. etc. etc.  No surprises, of course.  When asked why he thinks this happened, the guest said he was less interested in why it started and more interested in slowing it down.  “Where is our disapproval of unwed pregnant mothers?  Not to take away from the heroic services of same, but to recognize getting pregnant out of wedlock is a bad idea.  Our society has lost the ability to correctly render judgment.” I think what was saying is that our current need to affirm everything and our misunderstanding of what “tolerate” means gets us into degradation enabling.

But that’s not what I want to talk about.  I want to talk about the REASONS.  Why have we crumbled as a society?

My answer?  TV, magazines, movies and the Internet.

I grew up in the ‘60s.  TV was black and white, shows were basic and somewhat heroic, glossy magazines like Look and a few others were expensive and reserved for the well off.  Then color TV came into being and the youth market was discovered.  Teen magazines like Teen Beat and a bunch of others exploded.  Prior to all that, we mostly lived in our little bubbles.  We knew what was going on in the world through radio, TV news and newspaper.  A turning point in TV came with Love Boat and Fantasy Island (even with those, cruising was so outside our experience we never expected or wanted to go on one).  With the explosion of media, we suddenly knew how everyone else lived.

And that’s when envy and covetousness really took over. Don’t get me wrong, keeping up with the Joneses started outside the Garden of Eden when Cain admired Ug Jones’s rock.  But in the mid-sixties on, envy became big business.  Commercials got better, the kids on the other side of the track knew what we had and started coming over to take it on a societal level.

We have called it greed, and there is truth to that, but greed means “I want more of what I’ve got” and envy says “I want more of what he’s got.”  Theft, fraud, and sadly, life choices flow from envy.  Many unwed pregnancies are accidents, many are by choice because the young girl wants to be a mommy and have someone love them.  Envy makes us take shortcuts.  It’s dangerous.

We have dear friends who are very well off, who introduced us to cruising in a way Captain Stubbing did not.  Through their generosity (and instruction; Mike has taught me a lot about saving money and delaying gratification), we’ve been able to peek into and occasionally step into a class much higher than our own.  And it’s been a blessing.  I rarely envy that lifestyle, but I do aspire to it.  Nothing wrong with that as long as I work for it and don’t just take it.

Don’t be green with envy, ‘kay?

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Debi Walter permalink
    February 1, 2012 11:15 am

    Very insightful post, Rob. I esp. like, “Envy makes us take shortcuts.” Yes, it does, because envy doesn’t want to wait. This goes with our post today about true love being patient! You’ve given me more on which I must think and meditate. Thank you!

  2. February 1, 2012 6:06 pm

    Great minds, Debi!

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