people of distraction

Modern civilization is so complex as to make the devotional life all but impossible.
It wears us out by multiplying distractions and beats us down by destroying our solitude,
where otherwise we might drink and renew our strength before going out to face the world again.

Aiden Wilson Tozer

(one of my local bunnies, not distracted by my presence / Julie Cook / 2018)

We are a people of distraction.

“Oh no we’re not” you counter.
“People of distraction have ADD or some other affliction that keeps them
from focusing.”

And whereas that is partially true, I’m here to remind all of us that yes,
we are indeed a people of distraction.

This revelation began to dawn on me last evening when I caught the tail end of the evening news–
although I’ve actually been aware of it for many years it’s just taken the latest idiocy
racing around the country to actually bring this little problem of ours into full focus.

It seems there was some sort of sudden national obsession over the sounding of a word…
‘Was it Laurel or was it Yanny?’


I don’t “do” FaceBook, thank the Lord, so I happily don’t catch a lot of this trending
buzzy mess bombarding the masses out there.
This is where I joyfully exclaim, much like Viva La France, yet rather
more accurately “ignorance is bliss!!”

But right there, on the closing segment of the national evening news was some sort of
nonsense about the ‘heard pronunciation’ of a word…or more accurately a name.
It was such a to-do that it even became fodder on Capitol Hill.
Speaker of the House Paul Ryan actually closed-out the day’s session on the same note as
that of national news by telling all present what word he had actually heard.

You guys don’t have more pressing issues to contend with than the latest viral buzz
out there???

The following morning I went to get my hair cut.
I sat in the chair as the gal who cuts my hair got to work, yet there was a buzz in the room.
And the buzz was not the noisy din of hairdryers—it was more of that same nonsense
I heard the evening before…

“Do you hear Laurel or Yanny??

This as each person in the salon had an opinion.

I just sat there listening and looking back and forth.

Next, they quickly moved on to that craze a few years back over the color of a dress
that had also made the viral rounds—” was it blue, black, gold…??”
“and oh, what about those sneakers…pink, grey or white…??”

I couldn’t believe my ears.

All around me grown men and women were chattering about the colors of images of
dresses and shoes as well as the sounds of names all racing around the internet.

I was somewhat dumbfounded as the conversations all truly bordered on, dare I say it,
the dumb.

Hawaii is about to blow.
Half of the country hates the president and the other half that likes him.
North Korea is threatening everyone all over again.
Russia keeps buzzing our jets.
The American Embassy is finally in Jeruselum after a 23-year stall.
Great Britain and every news outlet is going bonkers over an impending wedding
(another copious wasted amount of time).
And everyone else is abuzz over sounds and colors on the internet????

Why am I reminded of the Israelites when Moses went up the mountain??
Throw in a golden calf and suddenly the Great I Am is all but a faded memory…

Our lives on this earth are short in comparison to most of Creation…our length
of time is not guaranteed.
And yet we fill this precious time and these precious days with mindless and idol frivolity.

When all is said and done, I don’t think a dress, a shoe or even a name will
truly matter.
And it might just behoove us to remember who loves the fact that we are
so easily distracted…

Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow.
What is your life?
You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes

James 4:14

Be sober-minded; be watchful.
Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion,
seeking someone to devour.

1 Peter 5:8

25 comments on “people of distraction

  1. says:

    Amen, my friend. I actually took the time to listen to the Laurel & Yanny thing and my hearing gave me a completely different rendition. This world is headed for hell in a hand basket. However, those of us who continue to raise our voices in revolt, will win in the end! I feel like Victor Hugo, this morning.

  2. This is so on point! I don’t understand why this Laurel/Yanny thing is even in the headlines and on national news outlets. I thought I was the only one frustrated by this foolishness. We “Americans” seem to become so easily distracted and absorbed in nonsense that we readily ignore those issues that critically impact people and matter to God. Thanks for posting this. And I love your bunnies. ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. hatrack4 says:

    As for the buzzing of aircraft, I served in the Army during the Cold War. When I talked to any Navy or Air Force people, I learned that the Russian’s favorite past time was to play chicken. Steer their destroyer at sea or their fighter in the air straight at the US equivalent and not steer away until the last second. They would sync radio frequencies and taunt our guys, until our guys refused to flinch. A couple of times it got really close from what I heard. Of course, those officers are now retired, so these new guys think it is a sign of aggression.

    I told my wife this morning that the royal wedding meant less than nothing to me. She likes the hats and the bling. It sounds like Yanny and Laurel have been recorded on top of each other, but there will be an eventual lawsuit over stupidity. The color thing boggles my mind. I hear that men get color blind late in life, and I see different colors in artificial and natural light. Maybe I’m getting old. BUT – who cares?

    As you pointed out, if we had half of the viral response to Jesus Coming Soon, the world would be a better place.

  4. Even without the Yanny/Laurel bunk, I frequently do get distracted whilst doing my morning devotions. I have to confess that my best friend got me inquisitive by posting the single word “Laural.” I had no idea what he was talking about, so I asked. All this via FaceBook. I listened and heard Yanny. This morning, Babylon Bee had an article on this whole nonsense. It said that only those who are Calvinists can hear Yanny. As you know, I’m a Calvimenian. Your post today is spot on!!!

  5. oneta hayes says:

    ‘Twould be nice to have people of distinction who are not people of distraction.

  6. Wally Fry says:

    I missed the whole thing. Now I have to Google it to see what the fuss is about. Gee, thanks

  7. oneta hayes says:

    Julie, Iโ€™m out again. Hospital waiting for hip surgery. Pray for me. Donโ€™t feel like doing much but wanted to tell someone and ask for prayers.

  8. oneta hayes says:

    Thanks Wally and others. So glad to know a trustworthy Lord who creates and sustains.

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