We have arrived in some sort of post-cognitive age. It's not pretty.
We are supposed to relax and meditate and stop thinking. Fine. Sometimes, it's good to just be quiet. But this has become the "answer" to everything.
Oh, sometimes, they "pray" for things to "just go away". Yes, right. If we just breathe, maybe things will just go away. Actually, no, mostly they won't. The problem will stick around and get worse and worse. And then you will take some marijuana, which will now be legal, and everything will be better. No, it won't.
Funny, everyone is trying to get us to learn to think, think from a free and clear mind, unencumbered by history and moral teachings. But I think we just end up breathing and smoking, and maybe go to a demonstration, to which they have a counter-demonstration, and everyone just breathes fire. Then they can go and just meditate and breathe after that. Oh, they may have some free sex from the gender-fluid life, in between.
If you have some actual points to make about something, you will be derided as "not loving", as "unkind", as "rude", as "aggressive", or possibly "micro-aggressive." That seems to be the flip-side of the the just stay cool and breathe message. Breathe, stop thinking, stop talking, stop arguing, stop saying what you think or believe. The more they breathe and smoke, the less you are allowed to say something to them or discuss any actual problems.
Someone, I know, is praying right now (I don't know to whom), that his problems will just go away. He has messed up his family life, messed up his financial life, messed up his health, and he is hoping his problems are just going to vaporize. It does not work that way. Denial has never yet solved a problem. Shouting down those with unpleasant messages, has not yet solved anything. You are in trouble. Big trouble. You do need a plan. There are consequences to stupid decisions. There are also consequences to doing nothing and saying nothing. Often, we are just talking about not wanting to be responsible for anything.
I looked up Mandy Hale, whose quote I pasted above. She seems to be a lovely, young woman, who can't seem to nail down a relationship with a man, and makes a living giving dating advice. I suppose this just happened to her: her relationships don't go anywhere and voila she has found a lucrative calling. How nice. I don't want to put her down, but the women in my life who are ready for marriage and who are committed Christians and solid in many ways, have married and found permanent and lasting relationships. What kind of dating advice can Mandy Hale really give: breathe...
Then there is this guy on Youtube: "How Yoga ruined my life". It's a misleading title. But hey, I clicked on it, and he made income from the advertisement I watched. Really, he wants to tell you, that he found his calling being a yoga teacher. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LyX6_todmrg Here, I am sending you to it. He will make a little bit more money. He is going to be a teacher, who teaches you nothing but to relax, and he will make money from this message. We are indeed, hopeful idiots and people can sell us anything that is easy.
Sermon: Epiphany 2 - 2018
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