What I Read Online – 04/23/2013 (p.m.)

24 Apr
    • If you make it to the end of this article, you are an impressive and rare breed of human—an intellectual Navy SEAL, an elite mind, trained with an ability most people just don’t have anymore—the ability to sustain mental concentration over long periods of time on a single subject.  This capacity, to endure a cerebral marathon and the unnatural act of decoding thousands of abstract meaningless squiggly shapes, which are somehow arranged to create meaning— is also known as reading.
    • we are not actually headed for illiteracy. We are witnessing the rise of a different kind of literacy.   Our new text based media cause people to prefer short, simple, messages rather than lengthy, uninterrupted, essays
    • They want me to know what they are eating, wearing, feeling, and thinking in each moment.  They are actually exhibitionists.  An exhibitionist is someone who wants you to see them. So while there is little voyeurism, there is a lot of exhibitionism on Facebook.
    • Young people are generally full of themselves, but a new study suggests that today’s kids are far more self-centered than preceding generations
    • Narcissism is a rather exquisite vice.  It is very difficult to detect in oneself.  And when something is hard to identify it makes it hard to dissolve
    • So while Facebook and other social media connect us to more digital relationships, at the same time they deteriorate our ability to maintain healthy relationships in real life.  This affect is particularly acute among adolescents for developmental reasons.
    • If certain kinds of social media are introduced prematurely in the lives of teens, they may inadvertently short-circuit basic developmental milestones crucial for establishing healthy relationships later in life.
    • The problem is not using the technology.  The problem is using it unconsciously. The sin of Narcissus was not that he looked at his own reflection in a pool; it was that he didn’t know he was looking at himself. 
    • To truly understand the purpose and power of a technology we must identify its innate bias.  All technologies come with biases that cause users to naturally prefer certain things.  The basic bias of Twitter is that it encourages everyone to share whatever is on their mind in real time: it begs for your thoughts at all times.  It is a constant reminder to externalize our thoughts.  These thoughts may be profound, but more often they are mostly a twitch of the brain–a mental fidget adding to the static of the universe.
    • The affect is that we are no longer present in any of our experiences.  We are living as unpaid journalists who chronicle life as it passes by.
    • Many of these technologies create a condition of absence in a world desperate for our presence.
    • Simplicity is not the main problem.  In fact most profound insights are incredibly simple.  But there are two kinds of simplicity.  One is the simplicity of a teenager who says “Jesus loves you.”  The other is the simplicity of a 90 year old woman having lived through the great depression, lost her husband, and is witnessing her body deteriorate who says “Jesus loves you.”  Both are simple, but one is informed by time, wisdom, experience, suffering, and complexity.  This is how something can be both profound and simple.
    • Ravi at Princeton University – Why I’m Not an Atheist
    • y Francis Schaeffer and his book Pollution and the Death of Man. It is, in my assessment, still one of the best treatments of a Christian understanding of creation care.
    • That mankind has been called by God to exercise dominion over the earth. We are not here by chance and we are not here by mistake. We were placed here by God to care for this planet and have been called to be faithful stewards of it. But like everything else in this world, our ability to exercise this kind of stewardship has been affected by our sinful state.
    • shepherds should cooperate with other shepherds, churches with other churches, in order to wisely love the sheep entrusted to their care.  
    • A pastor should know his sheep and lovingly shepherd them through life’s challenges (John 10:14-18; 1 Peter 5:1-4)
    • There needs to be like-mindedness about the gospel and other core doctrines (1 Cor. 15:3).
    • Here is yet another reason to promote church membership
    • The church leaders need to trust each other (Acts 15:36-41)
    • Use relational resources wisely
    • Don’t be afraid to over-communicate (Prov. 25:11)
    • The weaker sheep are indispensible (1 Cor. 12:22)
    • “It seems like everybody’s perception of me is very bipolar,” Lin said. “To one group, it’s overpaid, overrated; to another group, it’s underpaid, underrated, underdog. It’s funny to me because there’s no real balance. Why can’t I just be a young player who’s shown some potential and has a lot of learning to do?”
    • According to Bill Gothard and Doug Phillips, a girl who has spent her entire life preparing for marriage under unquestioning submission to her father should expect to have almost too many young men seeking to win her hand. Eventually, her father would choose the right one for her. Her future husband would be a paradox: ambitious and hard-working and able to support a family, yet fully under his parents’ authority and living in their house without going to college. He would be an intelligent, independent critical thinker, yet he would agree unquestioningly with every belief of his parents and church.
    • Most of my family’s friends subscribed to these philosophies. But as their daughters approached their late teens, these families began to realize, either consciously or subconsciously, that many of the required attributes of a “godly young man” are mutually exclusive. An ambitious, hard-working young man is going to want to go to college, or at least live at a level of independence from his parents unacceptable to Gothard and Phillips’ teachings. And any truly intelligent and critical-thinking suitor is not going to agree with his parents on everything – especially if his parents are die-hard ATI-followers.
    • The boys who remained were often never given enough freedom to choose anything for themselves, and were under-employed, unable to communicate with women, and altogether as uninteresting as they were ineligible.
    • I, on the other hand, have found that fathers are just as subject to the flattery and smooth talk of an ill-meaning young man as they assume their daughters are.
    • Organizations like ATI and Vision Forum that claim that women only have a role in the house ultimately doom them to a lifestyle apart from their ideal. By idolizing marriage, finding a spouse becomes almost impossible.

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