Society is becoming more and more centralised, technology dependent and is fundamentally dominated by a rigged game of money lending, which is played every morning by about 12 inhumane, superficially respectable, hereditary monopolists.
It seems human relations are becoming increasingly impersonal, abstracted into some network or other. One hears nice fuzzy terms like ‘connected’ all the time, yet the darker reality is persistently evaded and you can see the most addictive aspect of technology, immediacy, ever manifest in people. Communicating with loved ones living elsewhere illustrates the beneficial side, I have no doubt that every day between the chaotic flow of life in the ‘civilized’ world, a mobile phone or internet connection might really make a positive difference in life.
It does come at price however, a whole generation is becoming unable to communicate outside a thread bare virtual network, only feeling comfortable communicating impersonally, after all… posting a comment or sending an email is more convenient right? Yet there is a price to pay for this enveloping network, face to face communication, the essence of human contact is being pushed out of the picture, there are more consequences for this than many care to realise, on people’s mental and emotional states.
If human communication is reduced to impersonal networking, do we not expect human life to become devalued in the process, the fate of so many is determined daily in so many ways by beauracracy. Imagine if you woke up tomorrow and everyone around you communicated by sticking up post-it notes against doors, on furniture to communicate….what’s missing there? I don’t need to tell you.
So what does love mean if anything in 21st century civilization?
I say it is damn well demeaned if the world we live consists of digits on a screen, thumbnails on a friends list or most damaging of all, mass addiction to porn which is the humiliation and objectification of impoverished women, this leaves values of sincerity, equality, love, dignity, all but trampled on. Objectification, humiliation and depersonalisation is not limited to the pornography, we are invaded by and exposed to on a conscious and unconscious level, mass advertising, on television, painting the surface of the cities, art and creativity is reduced to commodity culture. The mass media, be it hollywood, t.v. series, the music industry get incredibly wealthy from our consumption of their flashy, alluring, unholy vomit, which does not hold love on any pedestal, rather bastardizes it as animalistic promiscuity or hyped displays of infidelity, the sacred is not handled with care, it is broken into shards in a battered box, while insatiable perversity when the woman held up as a hollow sculpture and the man as psychopathic hedonist where the woman is a means not an end (James Bond among other protagonists) the role model is, like a smoker in a duffel coat standing on the street corner, cool & edgey…
I believe there is something beautiful about sharing human experience with the one you love, having an other half, in whom you confide, with whom you evolve. Present infidelity as exhilrating will you hollywood? Well actually there is nothing more exhilrating than falling in love.
So in defiance of the perpetual denigration of human love and romance, in the absence of the poets and romantic balladeers of ages past who held love so high, what is there to do for those who uphold the magic and beauty of human communication? what can we do when the heart cries of something more and stirs with passion in the company of your love who is before your eyes true and glorious, splendour of God’s creation? I say turn your back at the devil’s circus and step to the heart’s rhythm.