Diversionary Lives: Masters of Delusion

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The word entertainment literally means to divert and amusement has at it’s root “without the mind.” Given the pervasiveness of popular culture it is easy to see that most of us live diversionary lives, choosing to spend massive amounts of time being entertained rather than addressing the unpleasantness of life without God at the center.

And now we observe the morphing of reality TV into real life with the engagement of Rob and Amber. People are already saying it will never last. How could a real life be forged from the residue of fake island life?

Hollywood is so absorbed in the diversionary life it is now trying to decide whether to base games on movies or vice-versa. Today’s young Christians feel bad they have no time for “quiet time,” but stay up to the wee hours of the AM playing computer games. The diversionary life leads to the delusional life.

Such is the case with the pornography industry. The sad tale is told today of a stripper, heroin addict and porno movie queen who was raped by a guy who became obsessed with her through watching her movies and seeing her strip. This was her wake up call some guys will want to transition from “fantasy to reality.”

Diversion is not ALL bad. Fixating on the war in Iraq, job dissatisfaction or family problems is not healthy either. We should choose our diversions wisely. Tonight the classic Madeleine L’Engle’s “Wrinkle in Time” gets a TV treatment. Interesting that the NYT’s reviewer refers to it as a near “sacred” text because its author operates imaginatively and is a devout Christian.

Yours for the pursuit of God in the company of friends, Dick Staub.

PS. And remember, “these are the best of times and the worst of times, but they are the only times we have.” (For Now).

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