Facebook: Inconsequentially insignificantly Popular

As we approach the November 2010 election, faithful’s are mobilizing around causes close to the heart. Record numbers of independents are registered, as are disaffected party members tents looking quite transformative. Mud is characteristically flung from one camp to another, while fecal matter is erroneously lobbed at small government stalwarts. The intelligencia are once again proving to the nation what robust icons of tolerance they are with regard to those who do not share elitist views. What I want to know is where the whole of the Judeo Christian nation is at?

I am not looking for the answers at Zogby or Pew, no I am actually interested in the frighteningly dispassionate community of Christians on Facebook. I am going to maneuver far out on a limb here and say humanity is really reaching the bottom of creative usefulness.

A quip on some useful tools; the year of 1440 brought us the first printing press by Johannes Gutenberg (darn those crafty Germans). Creating pamphlets for the masses whereby they could increase their knowledge, was considered controversial and dangerous, so said those blasted intellectuals anyway. When man discovered the shovel, farming took a leap forward. Then John Deere introduced his products in 1837, America began to emerge as a farming giant, thus fueling the ability to sustain population expansions. In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell invented a social networking device to move our neighbors all the more closer. Post WWII ushered Satan into our living rooms. Television programming slowly took children away from books and parents maintaining elevated learning standards. In the 80’s Apple should have greatly increased the learning curve of blossoming students, instead its technological advances secretly enabled millions of new closet addicts to pornography. This brings me to the social networking ‘piece de resistance’ Facebook. As far as tools are concerned I am in a quandary as to how our planet managed to lower its I.Q. overnight.

By now you must be wondering where this hub is going, especially since it isn’t following my usual path of fluidity. I am getting to my rant, I just want a little reflection of what makes great tools and how they helped out mankind or in this case tragically hindered it. Please understand I do have a Facebook account and I try to make the most of it, but it is how it is used and reciprocated that brought me to this tirade.

Humans, and this goes two fold for the Americana species, we are masters of innovating new inventions that render life easier to manage. We find more convenient ways to live, faster short cuts to achieve our ends and inevitably more waste. Lets take bottled water for example, pre 80’s it was unheard of to have personally bottled drinking water. According to one website, bottle water accounted for $15 billion dollars of revenue in 2009. Keeping it simple, let’s put that in the context of one dollar a bottle, which is a helluva lot of plastic in mostly single serving size. But I am not talking about solid waste, no, intellectual waste is my pet peeve.

Now, we have a whole new world of garbage that cannot be recycled and cannot be transformed into a green landfill, “Data Waste.” Now, I know there are retention settings for computers and mainframes, but what about the waste created in your mind by a close friend commenting that they are at the gas station, yep you guessed it, getting gas? Or “just finished eating taco’s, now I am going to go home and take a nap.” If you have seen Facebook pages by the younger crowd, then you really know what I mean when I say you are never going to get that portion of your brain cell's back.

This is what (in my opinion and observation) this world is making of social networking. It’s a black hole, a time warp designed where windows and clocks only exist in another dimension called reality. Christian’s I spent much time with in the years past who I admired are just as culpable to the monotony and insidiousness of this trap. What year are we in? I am sorry, hello Madame, do you still have a pulse or are you too concerned that your Facebook picture is now 12 hours old and in desperate need of change? Beelzebub only wishes he thought of this crap. Where is the passion, why are we American’s so drunk on the thoughtlessness of our lives that we have to share our micrometer’s worth of insignificance with a server infinitely filled with equal minutia. Why in a world spiraling out of self control and self restraint are we choosing to lock ourselves away in techno-gadgetry, knowing full well that our most precious commodity called TIME is being wasted away? We live in a modern age where this planet has made a hundred million improvements to machinery and standard operating procedures only to find that we are still in the same damn position we were in a thousand years ago…we do not have enough time!

[Breathing deep]

Okay, we, I, maybe some others, we see needs beyond our own. We see policies in need of change, moral compasses in need of resetting, and most definitely we do not need more convenient technology to enable a fatter, dumber, and more slovenly like society. People, the middle class is dissolving because fewer generations are taking responsibility for self improvement and personal development. As a nation we are devolving not because American’s want controlled borders, control of what our children are taught in school and control of our taxes. Hello no, we are devolving because there are fewer and fewer of us who are mad and trying to do something about it. I am guilty of hitting up my Facebook friends and family with the issues I am passionate about, but when I receive not even a yawn in my direction, I want to personally shake the wits straight out of their body. Where is the passion, where are the causes, screw the merry band of Tea Partiers, I love them but I am mad because there numbers are not tens of millions strong.

If you are a harbinger of Judeo Christian faith, hear me when I say “we are losing the battle because nothing but Twittering about the damn donut you just ate gets you riled up.” Writing about social issues is my gift (and curse to some) but I take pride and passion in my craft, and only hope to make a dent in somebody’s cortex. Folks, it is a sad day when you bed down for the night, closing your thoughts that you hope God hurries up to take us away. It is a selfish thought, but one of the few remaining hope’s in a world intoxicated by self fulfilling ideology. I guarantee you this my pretties, the other team stay’s up later than we do looking for new ways to control our habits. Let’s just hope we do not live long enough to make it go away with a “gram of Soma…”

God Bless.

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50 Caliber 6 years ago from Arizona

Ah, if I'm getting you right, the new rage of knowing every move one makes through out their non-productive day, and broadcasting anything but a furthering thought that would serve education as the election draws nigh, As the eagle craps on our heads and folks passively approve of it as to burst out strong against it might cost them their beer and football game, knocking them off the living room recliner mesmerized by the TV and what passes for entertainment. It is the root of my lone existence as I want little to do with silent consent, I use this computer to hound public officials to stand for what is right in our betterment today as well as changes for the morrow and generations to come, I've secured mine and donate my time to theirs, yet they seem to care not, 50


pcoach 6 years ago

Progress is an interesting thing. We can use it for evil as you discussed many instances, or for good, as 50 suggests "...hound public officials to stand for what is right...". Things are significantly different than when I was young. I have no use for Facebook or Twitter or the like, it being pretty much as you said in your hub, but I don't begrudge those who do. These are the choices they make. I don't have to like them and I'm certainly not offended by them. We will be judged by God on our own merit, no one elses. We all practice and defend our christianity differently but I won't judge those who don't meet my expectations just as I don't expect to be judged by someone else how it is that I practice or defend mine.


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hi 50,

you read me to a tee. If our officials are out of line, then they earned a "hounding," verbal pummeling and political reprimand. We expect the same to happen to us if we didn’t measure up to our employers, how else is the public to hold public officials accountable.

Thank you for the sound contribution. I appreciate your take.

Hi Pcoach,

I understand your perspective and that is how you feel. My point is one of finding passion within our community. Let me ask you Pcoach, how the heck to Arizona pass a tax increase in the middle of our worst down turn of decades? We have wonderful tools to organize and bring about passion for positions, but instead, those who should be especially involved are sitting this fight out, choosing instead to comment on hair styles and discussing episodes of desperate housewives. You get my drift.

Thanks for stopping by and giving me your commentary.


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Sa`ge 6 years ago from Barefoot Island

My computer and printer is my press, I print out tit bits of info that incites or instigates the community. I do in anon ofcorse or they may take my head. then there are hubs that i play with and any hour in get an incite to anything. I can not stand FB or that tweet thing or that so called my space place. I do not want to know who is showering when and who ate what where. i know exactly what you mean! Great hub, voted up and more. aloha


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hi Sa'ge, thank you for the kind words. While we do our best to write what we think is interesting, we at the very least put in effort and thought before we share something intimate with the world.

thanks for stopping by.


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James A Watkins 6 years ago from Chicago

Time is the one thing we cannot make more of. Your article is brilliant! I agree with you wholeheartedly. There are serious issues to address but I dare say horoscopes get more attention. Fight the good fight, my friend. I'll be there in the trenches with you. We fight not against flesh and blood . . .


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hi James,

Thank you for weighing in on these near and dear topics. You are an example of someone with many irons in the fire, looking only to create the most useful work possible with your God given talent. Isn’t that what we should ask of all our bothers and sisters? We are asking for the wrong standards in life, we are lowing the bar instead of raising it.

God Bless James, your commentary helps me to know I am not off base.


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Apostle Jack 6 years ago from Atlanta Ga

You said it well my friend.Tell the truth and shame the devil.


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Jason R. Manning 6 years ago from Sacramento, California Author

Hi Jack,

Thank you for reading friend. I tend to get angry (though I shouldn’t) with our fellow travelers when they turn blind eyes and dislocated wits. One of these days, we will be in unison of who is the boss, I cannot wait.

God Bless you Jack


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onegoodwoman 6 years ago from A small southern town

It is what it is. It will be what it will be, until YOU and ME change it.

Forums such as this one, ( and others we might belong to) are not enough.

Write the letters to your senators, your congressman, your mayor, your newspaper and to all who voice your concerns.

Most of all..................VOTE for those who have a like mind, you will not find a perfect candidate, vote for the person who best reflects your mindframe.

Do not vote blindly, thinking all are crooks, check their voting records, the internet makes that so much easier...........you know how to use it.....so use it!

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