My current favorite song lyric by my current favorite singer/songwriter, Ella Yelich O’Connor, AKA Lorde:
“Maybe the Internet raised us, or maybe people are jerks.” – World Alone, Lorde
I have never been much of person to idolize a star but this girl is pretty darn cool as far as values go, in my unsolicited opinion 🙂 Not that I idolize her or anyone. I’m a big believer in the fact that all humans are pretty much operating on the same plane. No human is worth idolizing, but all humans are worth honoring – for the most part.
The lyric makes me think of how down a lot of people are on culture all the time as if current culture is bad. I don’t like that. To me, current culture is current culture. I don’t think there is any moral judgment anyone can make on it, except perhaps God and I believe He has a whole lot more to do with guiding culture than we give him credit for.
I hear often that current culture is very immoral. I don’t believe this. Humans seem to behave generally the same throughout history. Our experiences build on each other. We develop in more ways than previous generations because of the ways previous generations developed. Nowadays, it seems we are more free in our sense of morality and the broadness of the scope of what love can encompass. We are wider in our understanding of what the term ‘family’ can mean. This reminds me of a great sociologist I studied in university, Talcott Parsons. Parsons suggests (what I got from his writing, at least, suggests) the wider definition of love we gain in culture gives Judeo-Christian devotees a greater sense of how vast and wide the love of God is. So the faithful are learning the width of God’s love by the greater acceptance there is in society for varying life expressions. Three cheers for life not being all the same everywhere you look!
So. Love. Culture. God. Music. Lorde. My meditations in general of late.