Last night I was asking Will if he watched Miss Utah respond to her Miss USA pageant question. We never watch the Miss USA pageant, but today I was able to watch what was surely the most entertaining part in a short video prompted by the handy dandy Yahoo news feed. I find that since we are out of the country, we get a lot of our “news” and “entertainment” that way. We are on a hyperspeed Twitter sound bite diet. A thirty-second clip covering the Oklahoma tornadoes. An article where someone quotes what Sarah Palin said somewhere. We watch one episode of a TV series we used to watch from time to time, or start to download a movie and the Internet is so spotty we watch ten minutes before we lose patience.
In a way it is freeing. We don’t keep up with pop culture or politics or what is really happening on the ground in the States, nor here in Costa Rica. It doesn’t concern us that much. Once again, the aphorism “Ignorance is bliss” rings true. We knew this would happen. We would be the family with those weird kids who did not have any pop cultural reference.
However, one thing that interests me is how many people (including myself to some degree) live this way all the time. They read a few words on a Yahoo! link or a Twitter account or a Facebook status and think they understand a situation or are informed. What is this doing to our culture, to have an ice-cream-sample-spoon sized amount of information, served up by the attractive media person behind the counter or from supposed friends whom we trust?
I am reading a book about Dietrich Bonhoeffer and it is amazing how educated his family was. They read literature, studied the past, associated with informed people, and asked pertinent questions. It is convicting to think how little informed I am about so many things and how little suffices to satisfy my curiosity.
I fear that I can be this way spiritually too. A little Bible reading and prayer, a small bite of worship, a taste of hearing from God and I feel satiated even though there is so much more to be had. He’s got the whole huge tub of ice cream in front of Him! I eat tasty stomach food with enjoyment all day long. I think God is asking me to serve up a bigger plate of food for thought, food for contemplation, and food for meditation. Once again, more of His grace is required.