Archive for August, 2012

Connectivity and Fractalization in Our Society

August 29, 2012

It seems to me that perhaps the greatest longing of our current culture is connectedness and connectivity. When I first thought of this, I wasn’t sure why two words, but as I tried to parse them out, I found that for me, connectedness would mean the feeling of being connected or the hope that becoming connected is possible, whereas connectivity would mean the ability to become connected. It might be that having the hope of connecting does not automatically ensure the possibility of making connections—communication requires more than simply transmitting; there must be reception, decoding, and return transmission for true communication to take place. Similarly, there must be those with who desire the kind of communication we are broadcasting and who would (and do) find such communication mutually rewarding.

Our society has become so fragmented and fractured that we are truly a broken people. We are broken (in more ways than one, including being broke and sometimes bankrupt in multiple ways beyond simply financial), and by and large, we don’t know how we’re broken or how to “fix” it. It may even be that our society is fractalized, that there are patterns emerging within or from our brokenness, but we are unable to see the patterns, to believe in them, or to utilize them.

And to be honest, I don’t have answers to these musings—just more questions arising in my mind. But I have to be careful how I phrase the questions, because our perception of what is or of what is possible (the old “half-full or half-empty” question) affects how we process, and ultimately, how we live: If we see something as futile, we despair, while if we see possibilities, we hope; we become cynical, or we begin to build; we curse, or we bless. And in this respect, if in no other, we place ourselves in control of our destinies, and are judged (even if only by the outcomes) for our actions.

For me personally, the negative course is a losing proposition, and my belief is that it is so for others also. I turn 60 in a week (it’s almost September 2012), and for decades I yearned for connection, and found it in some limited relationships (but then, all relationships by definition are limited, aren’t they?). It seems in the past 5 years, I have come further in far more satisfying ways than I ever imagined. I am arriving at a peace with myself, within my relationships with family, friends, and my God (in three different multi-faceted relationships: God as Creator/Father, as Jesus [Son/elder brother/groom/etc.], and as Holy Spirit [friend/counselor/advocate/etc.]), a greater peace than I have never known. And I find joy coming alongside, sneaking up on me, even in hard times as I learn that relationship is more important than problem-solving. All of this is refreshing, and I find I want more. I become enthusiastic, or to use the term one friend loves, exuberant. In the process, it creates within me a thankfulness, and a desire to share the joy and the insights. And so, I write, and blog, and share.

Psalm 145 Acrostic

August 4, 2012

Always I will exalt you, my God the King, praising your name forever and ever.

Both day and night, every day, I will praise you, extolling your name forever and ever.

Certainly the Lord is great and most worthy of praise, so much so that no one can fathom his greatness.

Down the generations, one generation will commend your works to the next, telling of your mighty acts.

Everyone will speak of the glorious splendor of your majesty, and I will meditate on your wonderful works.

Fantastic stories will they tell of the power of your awesome works, and I will proclaim your great deeds.

Goodness—yours!– is so abundant, and they will celebrate it, joyfully singing of your righteousness.

How gracious and compassionate the Lord is! So slow to anger and so rich in love!

I see that the Lord is good to all; he has compassion on all he has made.

Joyfully, all you have made will praise you, O Lord; your saints will extol you.

“Kingdom coming in glory!” they will say of your kingdom, speaking of your might,

Letting all men know of your mighty acts and the glorious splendor of your kingdom,

Making known your kingdom as an everlasting one, your dominion enduring through all generations.

Notice how faithful the Lord is to all his promises, how loving toward all he has made.

Observe that the Lord upholds all those who fall and lifts up all who are bowed down.

Provision from you: Everyone’s eyes look to you, and you give them their food at the proper time.

Quietly you open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing.

Righteous in all his ways is the Lord, and loving toward all he has made.

Surely the Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.

Those who fear him he hears, fulfilling their desires when they cry, and saving them.

Unfailingly the Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy.

Virtually all the time will my mouth speak in praise of the Lord—in the same way let every creature praise his holy name forever and ever.