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Eric’s Sunday Sermon; “Trending Now”

Updated on March 9, 2020
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Holding degrees in philosophy and Law. Formal studies or certificates or degrees in business, theology, insurance and security. Ex-preacher.

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What Would Have Trended During The Korean Conflict

Next to a news feed that reads like a bad tabloid they have “Trending Now”. I just assumed I knew what “Trending Now” meant. I mean “trend” and “now” are pretty simple notions. As a note; with the “ing” ending for trend “now” is basically superfluous. But perhaps that is intentional. So trending now in its simplest form means what the most people on the net are interested in at that moment. Out of ten I got 3 that I understood. Coronavirus, Auto insurance and water filters. Scary on the water filters. Do people think that protects us against a virus? It is the opposite. Chemicals in public water kills things (like your gut).

The rest of the trending stuff were names of what appeared to be celebrities. No, not leaders of countries or heroes. But people who become famous for strictly socialite reasons. Looks like I need to pay more attention if that is what the majority of people are looking at and talking about. Probably I should get cable and watch live TV. Or do you just do that with Wi-Fi now? If the majority dictates appropriate more’s then I am in big trouble.

I asked my ten year old and he knew the names of a few. Something to do with YouTube videos that go viral. With the Coronavirus deal ,maybe they should change the whole “going viral” term. You could just say “huge”. But that might be offensive to us huge people. Trending and Political Correctness put together is interesting. Apparently it is now politically correct to drop foul language like the F bomb. But being related in some way to Thomas Jefferson is trending badly right now.

Lightning tends to kill about 10,000 of us humans a year with 100’s of thousands seriously injured – every year. Why is Coronavirus trending but lightning is not? Why don’t people go stock up on rubberized clothing? How come the regular flus which have already killed over 10,000 in the U.S.A. this season. Why isn’t that trending?

Texting/distracted driving takes about 5,000 lives a year just here in the US and for sure injures more that 500,000 innocent people. Like 4 times more than terrorism globally. Why isn’t that trending. A side note; a lady was texting and ran over someone. She was texting about the coronavirus. Is that ironic?

If the fore going seems a bit random and jumping all around the place good, it is meant to be. Trending is just like that.


Travel Trending

Well travel is untrending.
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Value Judgments

In my own little world fish is trending. Yes having to do with Lent notions. But I am not a card carrying Catholic. My wife is a full member of Russian Orthodox. My young son is all “praise Jesus” stuff. The rest of my family – extended included, are very spiritual and not at all religious. Those strictly spiritual folks are what is trending. Funny about that. Full spiritual people like to bash religions, can you see the disconnect on that trend. Trending in the spiritual has no logic. Atheism has no logic either, it just trends among certain groups and mindsets. Most people do not understand that spirituality and religion actually have their own logic sub set. Just believe me, I have a fancy degree in such matters and about 3,000 hours preaching about it which means about 12,000 hours studying it post graduate. If 1 + 1 equals 2 then Love plus Love is synergistic and thereby more than 2 loves. If the 1 + 1 is a marital unit then the two equal more than the simple combination of the two.

Now back to trending now. I attract attention in gatherings. Nothing special at all about me. I remember faces and background stuff. I like to check up on folks from our last conversations. I am interested in the shape of their 3 grandkids or latest car problems. Some folks read magazine type stuff. I spend my time reading people.

So when I enter a room/gathering, people become interested in telling me the latest and what horrible advice I gave the time before. Someone asked me what I thought about the latest “Survival” episode. I told them straight up, “That one team has it going on but I think they have an issue coming up that will knock them sideways.” Nods all around. I have never ever nor will I watch an episode of “Survival”. But it trends sometimes and my son said that one of those names was a contestant on another show. Well maybe I am not trending but I am tending to my garden and tending not to give a rat’s buttocks.

Yes this Sermon is late. I wrote a 1,500 word one for a few days and ready by last night. By this morning it was not trending for me. So I trended outside. And tended to the moon with my binoculars. I think I am intentionally using the word wrong.

What trends for me is not really trending. It needs a lot of folks. Ben Franklin once wrote to George Washington, his boss at the time something like this; A fool sir is still a fool and the mere fact that you gather them by the multitudes only aggravates the situation. Seems cognizant to me.

Environment is Trending

Some talk a good talk.
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Real Celebs

If I Were!

So isn’t that all funny about trending. Wringing hands about that which has a less than .0001% chance of killing you tops the charts of what is “popular” to talk about. To date it is less than lightning strikes.

Now it seems to me that from Hindi to Native American to Middle Africa and Christianity, Islam, Jewish and Buddhist we have a theme not to gossip. Like as though it is a sin. And let us be true here, normally it is mixed with lies. And thou shall not lie is quite universal. So if I read about Angela Jupiter and then comment without even knowing Ms. Jupiter is that wrong? So are millions and billions of posts just plain wrong? Well sheer numbers tell you we have a sincere spiritual problem. And here I am gossiping about the gossipers.

For all you old timers like me, check out this trend. Hot Wheels and Match Box cars and tracks. Well now they have them that can be remotely steered via an IPad. And yes, my son did extra work to get his set. A child working for extras is trending in our home. Ok it is not even trending. I like the stuff more than the boy – not a trend, just as old as the hills. He has one of my 1968 cars. Boys love cars. My eldest daughter knows them better.

Easy does it. Which Diva is best is alright to deal with. I hope it is a good hobby for you. I think you should express your feelings on such matters. Or maybe you will not express them at all, what a waste that would be.

So I took a good hard look and then my lady sent me to the store and a 250 lb gal grabbed a tabloid in front of me. Perhaps that is the most umph she has all day. I need to mind my manners and judge not lest I be judged. Easy said, and hard done.

If I can love a bunny rabbit then I need to find a way to love a trending maker and follower. Perhaps I could call them foreigners and invite them in for a spell and juice. They may need the respite and I reckon I got an extra chair. They are more normal than I am.


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    • Ericdierker profile imageAUTHOR

      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill so just recently we had heavy desert rains and from what I could get several folks died in flooding. I think we lost a few in house fires recently and down at the border things still result in deaths.

      But you cannot get that from the news because it is so wrapped up around that strange thing.

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      William Kovacic 

      13 months ago from Pleasant Gap, PA

      I heard somewhere (not verified) that the flu has taken the lives of 22,000 people this year, and we're worried about the coronavirus. I don't get it. Love the post, my friend!

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Shaloo I thank you. Can you believe my first newspaper gig was in about '65? You would laugh if I told you more.

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      Shaloo Walia 

      13 months ago from India

      This is an interesting sermon. I have been working for media since more than a decade. And still it baffles me why it's always the negative and sensational news that trends!

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Kyler I am glad you liked that. First Amabassador to France. One more revolution of the time along with "let them eat their cake"??? I appreciate your comments and our banter. You are a good man.

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      Kyler J Falk 

      13 months ago from California

      The ad lib of what Ben Franklin said to good ole George has me chuckling out loud when looking at it within context. Very humorous perspective, and I always enjoy finding/creating veiled messages within flippant tones.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Thank you Vidya. Yes I am cogitating on that notion.

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      13 months ago

      Hi Eric, I agree with FlourishAnyway. Wish we had something good that's trending than the Corona virus. Your articles always provide food for thought.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Devika I was reading a Linda Lum article to my son. He asked if it was trending. Well I reckon you are too.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Flourish thank you for your comment. It is making me think about it. Ouch!

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Hey Clive I just noticed that here on HP we do not trend -- we "popular".

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Linda I think you may just set trends by simply, or not so simply, being you. You just got me to thinking about individual trends not shared.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Ruby here is one we do not talk about. Some investigating reveals that about 200 people die each month crossing the US Mexico border (both sides).

      And this is not trending; "National Center for Health Statistics predicted that 68,500 Americans died of drug overdoses in 2018, compared to about 72,000 the year before."

      Thanks for coming by and lending your time to enrich.

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      Devika Primić 

      13 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Eric this is an interesting trend and you are full of life and love sharing away your great actions.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Manatita I have this strange situation where my wife does much based on fear. On the other hand she has complete faith in God. So we often have a quandary. I decided that straight up facts work the best to help her. She likes numbers.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Bill we had a little 10 year old's malady yesterday so I am late getting back to all of you.

      I just look at the folks commenting here, and it hit me that we all do trend some love.

      And that love is not trending "now", but rather always.

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      13 months ago from USA

      Unfortunately I think Coronavirus seems to be trending or maybe just the fear of it. Imagine if we could get something awesome to trend that fast and furious instead of a deadly virus.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      Pamela I am not certain about flocking together. I just know we do. But I watched a herd of Deer once For two days they followed each other, rather than the best way to go. They got picked off real well by predators. I reckon it is better to follow what we see as right rather than against of for folk.

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      Clive Williams 

      13 months ago from Jamaica

      life and naturalism is always trending there.

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      Eric Dierker 

      13 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      John, you think logically. Yes I know you and I wax poetic and emotionally but our day to day is the most sensible of logic. "If this; then that".

      If you spend your time on such trending endeavors, then I would lose your wisdom in prose. But I also figure our thoughts on the trending are good to express.

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      Linda Lum 

      13 months ago from Washington State, USA

      I'm not trendy, I don't follow trends, I don't even know what the current "trends" are. But, then there's that fellow named Eric. He has a trend. His trend is love--now THAT's something I can follow.

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      Ruby Jean Richert 

      13 months ago from Southern Illinois

      What's trending today is gone tomorrow, so like you, I don't let it rule my day. The C. virus is the talk of the town. I wonder why the flu virus wasn't just as important? I love the song, You're so vain. Thanks for putting it on.

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      13 months ago from london

      A hard, asking the serious

      questions piece, Bro. Backed up by some awesome figures too. Seriously humorous but real!

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      Bill Holland 

      13 months ago from Olympia, WA

      I don't think I have ever trended. I probably should be sad about that after seventy-one years of not trending, but I'm too busy loving to trend. Me thinks that thought is related to your thoughts, but I'm not smart enough to figure out the how of it. :)

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      Pamela Oglesby 

      13 months ago from Sunny Florida

      Trending is an interesting topic for your sermon. First, I do not buy tabloids nor do I watch Survivor. I don't particularly care what is trending quite often. I think the news in this country simply editorializes rather than reporting the news. This holds true on both sides of the political spectrum in my opinion.

      So, I don't know if love makes the world go round but it does make my world go round. I like the love message you typically give us.

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      John Hansen 

      13 months ago from Queensland Australia

      Wow, Hot Wheels and Matchbox cars that can be remotely steered from an iPad or smartphone.. why doesn't that surprise me. Looks like next on my grandkids' wish list. I am also surprised with what is trending and what we panic about. Like people who feared swimming because they may get eaten by a shark. More people die sitting on the toilet than get attacked by sharks each year. For texting or using a phone while driving in Australia it is now $400 fine and a second offence a loss of licence. In Queensland it is planned to increase it to $1000 soon.


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