The news was on and seemingly none of it was good. Arizona wants the National Guard on the border to save them from the invasion coming from Mexico. Chicago is calling for the National Guard to help quell and control what they are calling "war zones" where hundreds are being killed by warring gangs. (Remember the words of EW who wrote, "Who will be warned...out of the cities?" [CL 14.5]
The news anchor announced that we could now get a free Fox News "app"lication for our I-Phone...except that we don't have I-Phones. But that has nothing to do with, "Why?"
Here is the point: Why would anyone want to put themselves into the stream of evil deeds and evil words that are being piped into our mind every minute we spend watching and listening to the world. Do I need to keep count of the moment-by-moment details of evil events around the world? Lord, spare me that. At this address there is serenity: It is quiet and there is quietude, but we know it won't last.
Sandwiched between stories bombing IBM research facilities in Switzerland, anger in Arizona (the 30% who don't like the new law), killings in Chicago, 10% unemployment in Iowa, and driveling un-news from D.C. (all point to the neutering of a once strong nation) comes sponsored assurance that with the right car, perfect makeup, and more brilliant hair color, your world can be perfect. Everything will be fine even as we have to step over the bodies of society's unfortunates, and avert our eyes from scenes that insist looking good is not life's most important issue. There is a nudity to the news that renders much of its content obscene.
For today...while Today is still ours, Paul (conditionally) advises us on what we should watch, listen to, and contemplate: "Finally brethren (and sisters), whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy--meditate on these things." [Philippians 4:8].
Think on these things. e.c.