My first blog

August 7, 2012

It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your front door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.

-J.R.R. Tolkien, “The Lord of the Rings, The Fellowship of the Ring”

This is a quote I really love from a set of books I have enjoyed from childhood until now and will share with my kids someday. I think it is appropriate for m first blog to start with this quote because there’s no telling where this could go.
In thinking of what to talk about first I thought maybe I should share about myself some. I’m almost thirty, married to my best friend, and a Christian. I’ve been very lucky in my life to have a family that loves me and opportunities to do some really fun and cool things. I’ve been a teacher at church for quite a few years. I started out doing Wednesday night stuff with 5th-6th grade guys then moved to Jr. High Sunday school and now Sr. High Sunday school. I love my each and every one of my kids. They are awesome and it has been a joy to teach them. I like board games and card games, video games, almost anything involving frisbees, music(making it or listening to it), movies and some T.V. shows.
So, why the blog? Well I feel I need some sort of outlet for my thoughts and creativity. I figure this might be a good place to organize and share what’s going on in my head. With the introductions out of the way now to the blog.
I’ve been backing a lot of projects on kickstarter lately and one of them is an art book by Creaturebox, the guys who do the ratchet and clank art work. This book is a throwback to the comics of their, and my, youth, like Calvin and Hobbes. It is monsters, stranded space men, and robots of all ilk. Pretty cool and fun stuff, if you’re into that kind of stuff. It’s made me go back to my Calvin and Hobbes complete collection and really enjoy Watterson’s art and stories again like the first time. He was really onto something amazing. His weekday comics were light and funny, but the Sunday comics pushed the envelope. Vibrant colors and strange places and things that could only come from a kids overactive imagination. Kids these days don’t know how to use their imaginations the way Calvin does or even the way we used to at their age. Why is this the case? Is it the abundance of T.V. that has taken the place of reading and being read to? Is it the word of video games? Is it the world becoming a darker place so kids can’t play outside anymore without the parents being afraid they’ll be snatched? I think it’s a blend of all these things. I love video games and movies and T.V., however if you look around at a family get together with young kids are they playing with each other, using their imaginations, or are they more likely to be on the latest handheld-this or i-that, hardly talking to others and getting frustrated when they are distracted from what they are doing? It’s a sad state of affairs when we choose AI and objects over real people and relationships. Francis Schaeffer wrote that we are to “love people and use things.” He went on to explain how we continually get it backwards and love things and use people. We love our stuff, our video games and cutscenes, our eyecandy shows and movies where something happens every 25 seconds because we aren’t expected to pay attention if it doesn’t. We let everything around us talk down to us like we couldn’t or wouldn’t understand or pay attention to it or them if they didn’t. We, as people, have to show that we are smart and enjoy thinking and imagining things. We must make a stand against being handed everything a minute before we want it and getting angry when we have to wait 5 seconds for something to load on a device that just ten or fifteen years ago was considered science fiction. Immediate gratification is ruining our society if you ask me. Going back to Calvin and Hobbes, I remember a comic where Calvin’s dad is getting the grill ready and Calvin keeps asking him if the coals are hot enough yet. The gist of what his dad tells him is that sometimes its good to sit back and wait on something. A little anticipation is good for us. When is the last time you sat back with a good book and got taken to a place you’ve never been before? Or maybe you’ve been there before, but it was a long time ago. Go back to the imaginary places of your youth and teach the young people around you the importance of imagination. It’s makes a world of difference in your life. It has in mine.

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