Look around you. What is it that you see? Oh sure, you most likely have a lovely home with all the decor of any self respecting post-modernist. But what is it really? What have we become? I was reflecting on the death of Davey Jones. When I was in fourth grade, I recall meeting my buddies during recess and chatting about last night’s episode of the Monkees. We spoke as if they really existed as people. Although, part of me knew that it was make believe, it was during that brief period when I and my chums, would suspend belief and engage in fantasy.
The problem is most people haven’t learned that television, movies and sports are only pretend. We have procreated a few generations of devout believers in pretend. Let’s pretend that drinking alcohol will be fun, as we drive our cars and smash them into other drivers, killing and maiming each other. Let’s pretend that we can just have sex with anyone, as we conceive children, just to have them murdered, because they’re too inconvenient. Let’s pretend that the government will pay for all our stuff, while the economy goes down the toilet and we make our children and grandchildren pay for this free ride. Where do you draw the line between the phony and the real?
Before you even think that you can answer that, turn off all your electronic devices. That’s right, turn off your television, radios, cell phones. Now go and ponder the question. Can you even tolerate the real? Are you able to confront a life of tangibility? How about we consider that this world we live in is actually a creation of God. We need to stop paying homage to our own images. Let’s stop pretending and start living.