June 12, 2007

I'm Going To Disney World

And not only that, I'm staying in a hotel right in front of it practically. It's been a REALLY long day so I'll share some thoughts on the brain before I head to bed here in plush Orlando!

- This trip is once in a lifetime. Why? Because at no other time in my life will I spend the kind of money that I'm spendig in these 5 days. We've taken very few family vacations in the nine years Jenni and I have been married, and this one is truly an exception to the norm for us.

- If you ever think you are a strong spiritual person and that you have your act together, you need to spend 11 hours at Universal Studios with a 7 and a 3 year old. Here's a fun game, count how many times you say "stop it". If you're over 50 like I am, you're definitely saved by grace alone and a dirty nasty sinner.

- Note to self - NEVER park that far from the entrance to the park again

- American consumerism is out of control and we as a nation are out of control. Now I realize that sounds disingenious since I'm down here, and you probably have a point there, but I actually caught myself today thinking about how much money goes into places like this and yet there are 115,000 orphans in the United States. If I have anything to do with it, there will be 114, 999 sometime in the not so distant future.

- I don't care how hot it is, we have GOT to start teaching modesty in our churches. My boys will need a NOAH sized miracle to stay pure through their teenage years if today is any representative of what they will see out of women in the next 20 years.

- I love my boys. There is no better teacher of theology. And no better reminder of the grace of God than my boys. God has used them in ways I never dreamed possible. And most of the time it's to remind me of how much I don't have it together.

- THANK GOD FOR WATER!

- Is the NBA really basketball anymore?

- If you're coming to Orland0, wear comfortable shoes!

- If you ever wonder whether we need more churches or to share the Gospel message, come here and spend a week. Look at all these people and think the thought "I wonder if they know Jesus?" It'll change your perspective entirely.

That's it for now. More to come and hopefully some pics. MIC-KEY M-O-U-S-E!

2 comments:

sushil yadav said...

Marc,

You have written about Disney World and Consumer Culture.

Before Industrialization humans killed Environment primarily for Food. After industrialization humans are killing environment for Food and [unnecessary]Consumer Goods.

Industrial Society is destroying necessary things[Animals, Trees, Air, Water and Land] for making unnecessary things[Consumer Goods].

In this context I want to post a part from my article which examines the impact of Speed, Overstimulation, Consumerism and Industrialization on our Minds and environment. Please read.

Industrial Society Destroys Mind and Environment.

The fast-paced, consumerist lifestyle of Industrial Society is causing exponential rise in psychological problems besides destroying the environment. All issues are interlinked. Our Minds cannot be peaceful when attention-spans are down to nanoseconds, microseconds and milliseconds. Our Minds cannot be peaceful if we destroy Nature.

The link between Mind and Social / Environmental-Issues.

Subject : In a fast society slow emotions become extinct.
Subject : A thinking mind cannot feel.
Subject : Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys the planet.

Emotion is what we experience during gaps in our thinking.

If there are no gaps there is no emotion.

Today people are thinking all the time and are mistaking thought (words/ language) for emotion.

When society switches-over from physical work (agriculture) to mental work (scientific/ industrial/ financial/ fast visuals/ fast words ) the speed of thinking keeps on accelerating and the gaps between thinking go on decreasing.

There comes a time when there are almost no gaps.

People become incapable of experiencing/ tolerating gaps.

Emotion ends.

Man becomes machine.


A society that speeds up mentally experiences every mental slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A ( travelling )society that speeds up physically experiences every physical slowing-down as Depression / Anxiety.

A society that entertains itself daily experiences every non-entertaining moment as Depression / Anxiety.


Fast visuals/ words make slow emotions extinct.

Scientific/ Industrial/ Financial thinking destroys emotional circuits.

A fast (large) society cannot feel pain / remorse / empathy.

A fast (large) society will always be cruel to Animals/ Trees/ Air/ Water/ Land and to Itself.

To read the complete article please follow any of these links :
PlanetSave
FreeInfoSociety
ePhilosopher
Corrupt

sushil_yadav

Jack said...

Marc,

A most enjoyable post. I have only a few comments:

We may not necessarily need more churches, we need christians who will get outside the church and make a difference in the lives of others. THE CHURCH needs to be reformed as in the days of Luther, Zwingli and Calvin. The true Reformation was put on hold in the late 1950's and early 1960's. Attention to the TRUTH of God's Word and the willingness to share that truth AT ALL COSTS has been replaced by self indulgence, gratification and the desire for comfort. (A Disney-like worldview?)

Let's all pray that "all things done for the glory of God" becomes the clarion call for the CHURCH again...and soon!!

PS...Isn't Grace AMAZING??