“Who can you trust?” That may be a story question that resonates with most people and why we often see it played out in film and in books. That seems to be the underlying theme in my manuscript-in-progress. No wonder this book is one of the harder ones to write – it deals with a theme many of us would rather not think about.
I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately. My head spins with the changes in our Society – in people’s values, core beliefs, and behavior. And we see it more clearly with social media where people feel free to express their opinions and beliefs.
This information is then used to market to people. Life today seems to be about gathering people into large numbers – on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, and all the other “social” media out there. It seems you must have numbers to succeed today. It’s profitable. And everyone is using it. Life is no longer about meaningful, intimate relationships but about numbers. And when that’s true, you ask the question, “Who can you trust?”
People are focused on using these social groups for their success – whether on the job, particular cause, or religious group. Looking for spiritual edification, I turn to television but along with words of encouragement and spiritual enlightenment, there’s that book somebody wants me to buy. There’s that cause waiting for me to contribute to. There’s that religious “social media” group I’m invited to join by paying a fee. It makes you wonder, “Who can you trust?”
Group mentality, lack of intimacy, elevating fame and fortune above all, throwing away values from the past – it’s all so sad to me when I think about it. Yet, how am I different? Aren’t I on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, LinkedIn, etc.? Aren’t I trying to use the internet to be a successful writer?
Liberals blame Christians for the world’s problems and their values, as if standing up for truth isn’t love. As if not supporting legislating issues is a sign of hate. And Christians point the finger back at Liberals as if their tolerance of “bad” behavior is the problem in the world. I read a quote that “Nothing happens in this world that hasn’t first happened in the heart.”
So what’s really wrong with the world? When asked what’s wrong with the world, G.K. Chesterton said, “I am what’s wrong with the world.”
And when you think about, that is liberating, encouraging, and empowering. If I am the problem, then maybe I can do something to fix it. Imagine if each person on the planet did the same.
Life is too busy and too noisy today. So what can I do about it? I get up in the night to think, to pray, to write. The world is far more quiet then. Other than the time I spend with my husband and kitties, this is my favorite time of day. That’s when I hear God. In the middle of the night, I don’t have to ask, “Who can I trust?” I trust God.