Ok, time to admit it…coolness no longer

50272_102509789792643_7285_nOK, I don't get it.  I don't…I don't get music that is being played.  I don't get why movies today are often so dull, narcissistic, full of ridiculous verbage and sexuality.  I don't get why culture seems polarized by petty political discourse that is FAR from truthful.  I don't get why there are good leaders, people and spiritual practices  in small churches and "questionable" leaders and methodologies in mega-churches. I don't get why students "sext."  I don't get why anybody would be sympathetic or interested in Lindsay Lohan.  I don't get why Lady Gaga traveling in a transparent egg would make anybody smile.  I don't get why moms and dads encourage little girls as young as 5 and 6 to have a "Beiber fever."  

I don't get why cheating is at epidemic proportions and why national education officials want to take creativity away from teachers for the purpose of standardization.  I don't get why coolness is better than competency…or image means more than substance.  I don't get why pants hanging around someone's ankles looks good or why an oversized baseball cap on some dude's head makes sense.  I don't know why anyone would want to look like a gangsta.  I don't get why parents don't cook homecooked meals anymore and eat more meals with their kids in restaurants while complaining they don't have enough money.  

I don't get why Nicki Manaj or Snopp (whatever he's calling himself) have humongous followings.  I don't get why so many people have throw away relationships…I don't get why the government will call some people "rich" but will ignore the fact that most politicians, sports stars, entertainers, etc. are just as rich if not MORE rich than those who have a "normal" profession.  I don't get why texting is so addictive or why men would destroy a marriage over a video game or a curiosity over what other women look like on the internet.  I don't get why the same people who think we should legalize prostitution are also those who are against human trafficking.  I don't get why people aren't interested in what is really going on in the world and would rather watch Charlie Sheen or "How I met your mother" or "The Voice" than some media that would help them engage the world in a meaningful way.  I don't get Cee Lo and why the his most "famous" song was adored by millions.  I don't get why people would say "f-you" for any reason.  

I don't get why people will pay 100's of dollars for football game tickets but have a hard time giving more than a few bucks that can help touch a life.  I don't get why more and more people are getting fat while at the same time we have people and doctors YELLING at the culture regarding obesity (it seems like the louder they yell, the fatter we get).  I don't get why no one in the government seems concerned that we are 16 trillion dollars in debt.  I don't get why people feel they are entitled to stuff and that they DON'T have to work in the world.  I don't get why those who are dependents don't have more appreciation for those who are not.  I don't get why more people don't understand the sacrifices previous generations made for our freedom or why freedom is easily cast away for a "level playing field" without serious consideration about what that phrase actually means.  

I don't get "Five Shades of Grey" or the musical "Book of Mormon."  I don't get why anybody and anything of meaning in our culture is a target for public ridicule.  I don't get why the news media seems to be in the tank for a specific ideology or why it seems like churches that should be brothers and sisters in a common mission are overtly competitive.  I don't get 30-somethings living with mom and dad or why mom and dad allow a 30-something to live with them.  I don't get why a college education is so expensive or why everybody clamors to pay $5 bucks for a cup of coffee.  I don't get why people want to be so voyeuristic and take pictures of themselves naked.  I don't get why parents are not taking more responsiblity for their children's lives or why all people aren't taking personal responsibility for their own.  I don't get Oakland Raider fans or why people like to see hockey players fight.  I don't get the "morning after pill" when men and women I know "ache" for a meaningful, trusting, lasting and fulfilling relationship.  I don't get why anybody would see the unborn as that which is a throw away life…and I don't get why more of us don't listen to those of us who are older and wiser.  And, by the way, I don't get why people would rather be cool than be people with meaning and purpose in life.  

Ok…so I'm not cool anymore!  I get that!  In fact, when I talk to students these days at conferences, I tell them right from the start, "I'm not cool."  Truth is, I tell them to tell me in a unified voice, "Robin you are not cool."  So, my understanding about this reality is pervasive.  Maybe being cool isn't really what life is about and our obsession with coolness is taking us down a road of destruction.  Coolness, in many respects, is a life distraction…as long as we are obsessed with that which garners attention we will be anethetized into apathy and a blandness about life that will eventually lead to our ruin.  Hey, don't believe me?  Read some history…  A wise man, who indulged himself in every cool thing life could offer once said, "the end of the matter; all has been heard.  Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is the whole duty of a man or woman.  For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil (and may I ADD, "cool").  

And, two more things…I don't get why I wrote this long post…enough said!  

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