The Battle for the Modern Mind

What a title, huh.  I hope I can live up to it.

There are a lot of isms out there, and none of them should be taken lightly.  You’ve got relativism, hedonism, legalism, pluralism, patriotism, nationalism, socialism, capitalism, liberalism, conservatism, atheism, theism, agnosticism, humanism etc etc etc into eternity.   All of these and the many that I haven’t mentioned represent particular philosophies on life that affect the human condition.  Basically, they work to shape and define our world.  We live and die by them.  They matter.

Very good.

Moving on.

How important are ideas to the human race?  I think they are more important than you or I think.  Wars are fought to preserve them.  Peace is one of them.  Hitler had some.  Gandhi had some of his own.  Darwin, Einstein, and Martin Luther King Jr. had a few as well.  Ideas change the world because they change people’s minds.  They are invaluable.  A good idea is worth more than a glass of water in the ninth circle of hell.  You get the idea.

You see, there is a battle raging constantly, and I’m calling it the Battle for the Modern Mind.  It is a war of thoughts, philosophies, beliefs, and opinions.  The weapon is media and the chief ammunition is language.  If I’m sounding like a crazy conspiracy theorist I guess there’s no way around it.  But I’m not reaching with this observation.  I believe most people will agree with me.  In fact, many people will think I’m stating the obvious.  I’m digressing.

I write this in order to address the overarching struggle that we face in our modern interconnected world.  It is a struggle to discern what is true among so many competing ideas.  We are bombarded with ideas like a house cat caught in a hail storm.

Nothing is certain.

Death is certain.

There is an afterlife.

Conservatives are racists.

Liberals are socialists.

God is good.

God doesn’t exist.

We were created.

We spawned from nothing.

The universe is expanding.

Cell phones cause cancer.

Cell phones are safe.

Obama is great.

Obama sucks.

People are equal.

Your pleasure is important.

The needs of others is important.

Truth is relative.

Christians are stupid.

Muslims want to kill everyone.

Keanu Reeves is a good actor.

Social justice is important.

Catholic priests molest boys.

Abortion is about choice.

Abortion is murder.

Gay marriage is an abomination.

Gay marriage is none of your business.

Our minds are pelted over and over and over and over again and again and again every single day with ideas that often challenge our core beliefs, and leave us confused and aggravated.  What is right?  What path do I take?  How will I define myself in a world where everyone and no one is correct?

I don’t want to be a soldier in this fight.  I don’t want to try and capture your mind to my side.  You get enough of that from everywhere else.  Besides, it’s your mind and I have no right to reside there.  All I want to do is make you aware of the forces that seek to influence you.  I want to encourage you to think for yourself and really ask some hard questions about your purpose in this life.  Know where you stand, and what you stand for.  It’s hard to stay true to yourself even when you have a firm hold on your identity, but it’s impossible to be your own person when you don’t know who you are.

The world is all too eager to define you with its own ideas.

Know thyself.

The battle rages.


One comment

  1. Nate · July 7, 2011

    Shablowza! Excellent my man.

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