Right vs. Wrong
Holy cow, there's some weird crap on the Internet.
I was just sifting through Youtube for some comic relief from the daily grind when I wondered where in the world Marilyn Manson had gone. When I was younger, I was pretty much disgusted and amazed at the slim amount of MM media I was exposed to. I haven't heard anything about him for years.
Apparently, he's still alive and kickin'. I rummaged through a couple of videos of his, and after a bunch of sugar and caffeine, I ended up not feeling very well. :) Anyway....
All that crap got me to thinking about the way I was brought up, and life in the USA, and the amount of "spin" anyone can put on anything (largely due to today's lack of any integrity or morals at all).
Ambiguity through filtering information through one's own "lense" seems to be today's "big thing". There is no right or wrong anymore on the big stage. As soon as your own personal filter becomes "right" and everything else is wrong (or even worse - having no filter at all and thus eliminating any judgement of right vs. wrong), an eternal definition of "right and wrong" just flies out the window. Wow... Did that make any sense?
I guess I'm just thinking out loud, but in all sincerity - with all the information flying around the Internet, and so many perspectives and so many filters / judgements / ideas / morals / media / etc... It can get pretty hard to decipher between right and wrong. For example:
In this video
, Marilyn Manson generalizes quite horribly humanity's need for violence. He believes that's what we want. All the examples he gives and time he spends talking about it paints a pretty logical picture of his idea, and becomes fairly convincing to anyone who blindly listens to his logical tone. He also states that Christianity is nothing more than a "God bandaid". Does it make sense? Are his examples real? Is he logical? Yeah. Does he seem fanatical? Not really. So.... Is he right? Well....
Take a look at this speech
now. Does he seem composed? Does he seem logical? Fanatical? You be the judge.
I guess my point is this: Many, many, many people in the world can convince you using intellect and history, examples and analogies and experience - and it may seem *very* right and *very* convincing. I believe that as the world continues to turn, this will continue to be the case, and even become more poignant.
What's really important
is that you have a moral compass. Just as the logical mind exists and has its uses, there is also a very real "spiritual compass
" that exists as well - I believe it exists in all of us. Just as we can develop our logical minds and smarts and intellect, we can also develop our spiritual / moral compass which will definitely tell us what is right, and what is wrong.
I believe very strongly that if we have our spiritual compass
in tune with truth, and we take the opportunity often to learn both temporal stuff and spiritual stuff, we won't go too wrong for too long.
But crimoney, there are some *very* strange things on the Internet.