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Monday, April 23, 2012
I'm Annoyed at Us
By webmaster @ 12:01 AM :: 921 Views :: 0 Comments :: Sister Carol Perry
When will it stop? I mean our cooperation in what I call the trivialization of almost every aspect of our lives. My ire came to a head because of the Nightly News broadcast I witnessed 2 nights ago.

It was on one of the 3 major channels with a star anchor at the helm. After an initial 90 second look at the devastation of the tornadoes that swept the central states, we moved right along. To what?

For a few moments I thought the channel had switched to "Entertainment Tonight". For the rest of that half hour of what is called prime time, we were treated to a succession of "behind the scenes" stories of the famous and the infamous, not one of which had a thing to do with the course of history.

Even an interview with a presidential candidate touched on no item of national importance and any answer that veered towards the substantive was cut off in midstream. At the end of the allotted 30 minutes, I was left with no idea that anything of importance had happened in our world that day. Syria? Egyptian elections? the crashing euro? Afghanistan? No mention of any of them.

I think we have brought it upon ourselves. What cannot be reduced to the obligatory 140 characters is of no importance. Our scattered minds just keep getting more and more fragmented.

There was no Pulitzer Prize for fiction this year, for the first time in 35 years. Are we too busy to read a whole book? Busy at what? I shudder as I look forward to an election season of soundbites and trivia as the reason to choose a candidate for governance.

Headlines that promise to tell a sensational "behind the scenes" tale just feed into this mindset. I think we have a right to ask for and to receive more.

The failure to do so will certainly result in the downsizing of our minds and of both the body politic and of religious discourse. Who has time to listen to a sermon? How many "behind the Trinity" stories did Jesus ever tell? Or do the gospels offer any "what really happened in Nazareth" items? Can getting involved in a food program for the needy, a tutoring session or a neighborhood clean-up be accomplished in the seemingly obligatory 15 minutes available on our calendars?

We need to buckle down and get substantive. That's what is on my mind today.
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