Thanks a lot Mr. Media

This morning  I saw the latest installment on the Ray Rive video collection. How many more videos of this awful night are out there? The question and frustration that hit me right off is why we aren’t seeing everything at the same time? Who is controlling the release and what is their motive or agenda for piece mealing this out to us?

This was a horrible incident and one that deserves attention, conversation and a reconstruction in our society. But if I’m to have a full opinion on this night, if I’m to understand it comprehensively then I need to see all of the evidence. It wouldn’t take away any desired punishment for the violence, but it would allow me to see it from all sides.

The media wants to be the bringer of news. The informer and creator of conversation, but I can only feel like someone has an agenda, either politically or monetarily to show us a video, we make a opinion, then they show us more, we reshape our opinion, and still another video and another shaping of our thought.

Maybe they could treat us like adults, show us the whole thing and let us talk about it then. A lot of you are probably thinking this is how it’s always been done and what rock have I been living under. That’s all probably true, but there is a moment in all of our lives that everything we’ve been told and every thought that has lived in the back of our minds, finds a way to freedom and the light of day.

Maybe this was mine ! Nobody likes being a puppet. And maybe I shouldn’t really expect more from morning news shows.


It’s Gonna Be OK !

I feel pretty certain that when God looks down on us, He has to be thinking, “Well they are only humans”. “I mean, come on, what do you really expect”?

This isn’t a God post per say, but more of a human observation thought. It seems that when I watch the news it just reinforces the thought that,  left to our own devices we may very well eat each other someday !! I wonder if the heavens look upon us as a day care center full of five year olds. We just want what we want that’s all. As long as we can pull that off we are happy. But there is a billion “we’s” in the world !

Republicans against the Democrats. Theologians against each other and news making stories of an isolated few, seem like a big storm is coming.  North against South, man against woman, God against gays, and a million other ways folks twist words and cultures to make them feel in control. But control is an illusion. I don’t think we even have control of this very breath. We take a breath and then another and then hopefully another. We wake another day hoping to be better parents, friends and children, but in reality that “hoping” is what we have, and hell, that is alot better than control !

In a world with so many voices coming at us, with 24/7 news and stories pounding and pounding through the internet, TV, radio, etc, etc…… Feel like that Tom Petty song Your Jammin’ Me”. So I guess it is up to us,  to keep so much of that info at arms length. If not it could overcome our spirits. It seems like the spirit of Jesus is a long way away when I watch the world at large. But when I get on a country road, watch children play, or laugh with my wife, I feel Jesus right where he should be. Close to my heart, and speaking through all things, ” It’s Gonna Be Ok”.

What do you think friends? Is it gonna be ok? Will it all play out just like its supposed to be.? Will things that matter so much now, matter in the end, and what can we take with us?

Big questions but maybe nothing a beer won’t diffuse ! “Three Little Birds by Bob Marley.

Too Much News ?

Is it just too damn much of everything? I’m sure this comment will mark my age, but I remember as a kid we had 3 T.V. channels and although I’m sure there was news at 10pm, I just remember the 6 o’clock news with Walter Cronkite. Now hundreds of channels, 24/7. Ok, so with that out of the way,  and at the risk of just sounding like an old guy complaining, here we go…

Does anyone feel overloaded with not only the amount of information coming at us, but need for constant updates and communication. It permeates everything in our lives. This constantness. Whether its T.V. news, talk radio, blog, text, IM, and twitter. I’m guilty of some of it for sure. I hate the hold it has on me. The wonder if the inbox has something in it.

The thing of it all is that most of the time the incoming info ain’t worth the time of looking it up ! I saw a guy on T.V. the other day that was helping people simplify their lives, and he suggested to detoxify from all of that stuff and none of it after 9pm. Can we do it? Can I do it? Maybe I can’t be the best but I’ll go for the “er” part and just be better, and better…..

I have a friend that intentionally leaves his cell phone at home, and when he’s on the road, he turns it off for extended periods of time. We all say “but what if something happens”. So are we living with this attachment of constant communication, for the one bad thing that may or may not happen.

I guess each generation has to find its own comfort level with that. I know friends and especially family will just say “ole Glenn is just getting old”…Maybe they are right, but here’s the other thing about getting older, “I just don’t care” . So what do you think? Do you ebb and flow with all of this information?