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Shane M. Oberlin

Shane M. Oberlin

It has been quite a while since I have posted any new content to Conquering Kingdoms, and there are several reasons for this.

First, I haven’t made the decision to just sit down and write something that is not related to work or school. (English Composition is taking the vast majority of my time…)
Second, I have been reflecting upon many personal issues that I will not expound on in this forum.

But, wait a second; this is the internet! Aren’t you entitled to access every thought I have? Shouldn’t you be able to read, hear, and watch every moment of my life unfolding on your smartphone? In a word, NO!

I am not obligated to share my every waking moment with you, or anyone else for that matter. Ten years ago, that notion would have been a “no-brainer,” but with the rise of social media, we have unwittingly substituted our desire for relationship and connection for a steady erosion of the common-sense boundaries between friends and stalkers!

If you like to eat cereal with your bathtub as the bowl, good for you! But I don’t have to see it, or know about it, let alone make it go viral! Western society as a whole is shackled to the idea of instant gratification. We need more, more, more! And we need it now, now, now! We don’t even stop to think about what we are doing with what we already have.

We are privileged to have access to the largest amount of information that the world has ever seen, yet this generation is far more uninformed about what is actually happening around them than any other generation in history!

I believe that there are many different factors that have contributed to this alarming trend; including many of those mentioned above. Yet, for me; I believe that it all comes down to something that I will be expanding in future posts. I like to call it: Pursuit Paralysis.

We don’t have to pursue much of anything anymore. Previous generations had to pursue anything that they wanted to know more about. They actually had to go to the library, find a book about the subject and read it. Not to mention the generations that lived before the written word.

But no! We are the “enlightened” ones. We have the internet in our pocket. We have access to the greatest minds in our lifetime in just a few clicks or taps.

Our ancestors built the pyramids, but we don’t never need no help learnin’ nothin from nobody haha lol! wink emoticon smile emoticon

We have singlehandedly replaced the need to actually “pursue” things, and it is costing us in generations. (Feel free to tweet that BTW).

Why learn real life lessons when we have shortcuts.

Basic knowledge about geography? Nah, we have Google Maps. Preparing meals? We have fast food. Relationships? Facebook. News? Twitter. Entertainment? The internet. Imagination? Movies. Intimacy? Pornography. Clothing? The mall. Restraint? Casual sexual relationships. Patience? The HOV lane. Responsibility? Abortion. Hard work? Abusing the welfare system. Jesus? The shocking abundance of spiritual supplements made by people who know about Him, but do not know Him intimately.

I’m not saying that the above things are bad (except for pornography, abortion, casual sex, and using assistance programs that you do not actually need of course). There are many practical uses for these things in 21st-century life.

What I am saying, is (in the least offensive way possible) please, pursue something today. I don’t want to hand my future children a world ruled by the “useful idiots.”

Discover a new language, read a new book, make some new friendships (in person). Pursue something. Or, better yet – pursue Jesus in a new way today. He has never stopped pursuing you.

SHANE M. OBERLIN

SHANE M. OBERLIN

is a devoted lover of Jesus who seeks to impact the world through writing, the prophetic, counseling, travel, speaking, and song.

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