When the watchman sees the enemy coming, he sounds the alarm to warn the people. Then if those who hear the alarm refuse to take action, it is their own fault if they die.
When people are saying, “Everything is peaceful and secure,” then disaster will fall on them as suddenly as a pregnant woman’s labor pains begin. And there will be no escape.
1 Thessalonians 5:3
(Both scriptures New Living Translation)
These days, it appears that we’re living “comfortably numb” per Pink Floyd. Fed a steady diet of nonsense while our world explodes and implodes with the crises of our day. Economic instability, flash-points of conflicts in various spots on the globe, a runaway population growth, social and political turmoil, and an environmental time-bomb that’s soon to go off right in our faces confront us on a daily basis. However, instead of collectively as a whole tackling these issues head-on, we ignore them. Or even worse, we ridicule the few who do confront these issues through the corporate media.
However, do you notice it’s the same above media that feeds us a lot of nonsense on an hourly basis? Reality TV, “cop and robber” programs, prime-time juvenile humor that even my four-year-old son would find stupid, overpriced commercials seducing us to buy more than what we can afford, characters designed for us to live vicariously through, multi-million dollar sports venues…you name it.
Even the Internet’s not safe as said media tries to gobble up online control. Insipid YouTube videos, idiotic websites designed to entertain, online porn, and other “wonders” to keep us glued to our monitors.
We’re so “doing nothing” because we don’t want to face our collective problems. We ignore these problems in hopes they’ll go away on their own. But like cancer that can metastasize unless treated, these problems will still grow unless confronted-they won’t just simply “go away”. However we sit and do nothing, being
lied lulled into thinking that all’s well with our world. We can still amuse ourselves and need not worry…
This ignorance will ultimately be our downfall if we don’t act. If we don’t change our attitudes towards the environment and act as the stewards God called us to be, if we don’t push for peace in our world, if we don’t promote family planning and wise use of our resources, and if we don’t reign in an out of control economy we’ll find ourselves in deep shit. We’ll be those unfortunate souls noted in the above Scriptures-those who refuse to take action only to have destruction fall upon them. Or, we’ll be like the Parisians in the photo used for this post when they realized that the Nazis were taking over their town.
And on that day, we’ll realize (albeit too late) that we’ll no loner be able to sit and do nothing. For we might just become nothing-no more.