Archive for November, 2020

The Social Dilemma-

Monday, November 9th, 2020

Documentary on Netflix :https://Netflix.com/thesocialdilemma 

See trailer:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uaaC57tcci0   

We tweet, we like, and we share— but what are the consequences of our growing dependence on social media? As digital platforms increasingly become a lifeline to stay connected, Silicon Valley insiders reveal how social media is reprogramming civilization by exposing what’s hiding on the other side of your screen. ABOUT THE SOCIAL DILEMMA The world has long recognized the positive applications of social media, from its role in empowering protesters to speak out against oppression during the Arab Spring uprisings almost a decade ago, to serving an instrumental role in fighting for equity and justice today. And in 2020, during an astonishing global pandemic, social media has become our lifeline to stay in touch with loved ones, as well as proving to be an asset for mobilizing civil rights protests. However, the system that connects us also invisibly controls us. The collective lack of understanding about how these platforms actually operate has led to hidden and often harmful consequences to society—consequences that are becoming more and more evident over time, and consequences that, the subjects in The Social Dilemma suggest, are an existential threat to humanity. The Social Dilemma is a powerful exploration of the disproportionate impact that a relatively small number of engineers in Silicon Valley have over the way we think, act, and live our lives. The film deftly tackles an underlying cause of our viral conspiracy theories, teenage mental health issues, rampant misinformation and political polarization, and makes these issues visceral, understandable, and urgent. Through a unique combination of documentary investigation and entertaining narrative drama, award-winning filmmakers Jeff Orlowski (Chasing Ice, Chasing Coral) and Larissa Rhodes (Chasing Coral) have once again exposed the invisible in a manner that is both enlightening and harrowing as they disrupt the disrupters by unveiling the hidden machinations behind everyone’s favorite social media and search platforms. The film features compelling interviews with high-profile tech whistleblowers and innovation leaders including Tristan Harris of the Center for Humane Technology; the co-inventor of the Facebook “Like” button, Justin Rosenstein; Tim Kendall, former President of Pinterest and former Director of Monetization at Facebook; Cathy O’Neil, author of Weapons of Math Destruction; Rashida Richardson, Director of Policy at the AI Now Institute, and many others. Demonstrating how social media affects consumers on a personal level, these fascinating insider insights are seamlessly woven into a captivating narrative, including Vincent Kartheiser (Mad Men), that illuminates the very real consequences these seemingly innocent technologies can have on our everyday lives.

The Labyrinth

Wednesday, November 4th, 2020

We Explore Prayer as We Walk the Labyrinth

As we begin our adult relationships with God through prayer, walking the labyrinth can introduce us to another type of prayer – prayer in motion, instead of prayer in absolute stillness.

We walk the labyrinth in silence, respecting one another’s private time in prayer.

Each person reacts to the labyrinth differently, but the experience is valuable for everyone in that it does broaden our experience of prayer, giving us all a new perspective on what prayer might be.

There are three movements to the labyrinth, and you are free to make of them whatever you like:

Moving Inward

Centering

Moving Outward

Please use these suggestions if you find them appropriate. You might want to select one from each movement and try it, or create your own rhythm to each of the movements. Using all the suggestions at once is overwhelming.

Moving Inward

(A time to cast off, discard, divest, unwrap, forget)

  1. Discard our many roles (mother, father, wife, husband, sister, brother, student, accountant, teacher, pastor) and simply say “I am.”
  2. Leave the noise, demands, voices around us, and enter a soothing silence.
  3. Unload our guilt, resentment, self-hatred, failures, depression, shame, and forgive ourselves.
  4. Set aside all the things we think we want and need, hoping to find what God wants.
  5. Leave the familiar world of day-to-day living for a different experience.
  6. Choose to ignore all our ideas about God and theology, and return to the beginning  of our faith.
  7. Reject the anxious desire to get the most out of the labyrinth, simply becoming open and expectant.

Centering

(A time to be open, expectant, empty, naked, and receptive, as though we were receiving a gift)

  1. Take the risk of recognizing an emptiness within ourselves that only love can fill.
  2. Enjoy the silence, stillness, waiting, and the simplicity of nothing happening.
  3. Take time to listen to an inner voice or to nothing or to mystery.
  4. Contemplate the blessing of the hidden nature of God who cannot be fully known, cannot be manipulated, cannot be made into an idol, cannot be pinned down, contained or tamed.
  5. Consider the possibility of the new, the miraculous, the transfiguring entering our lives.
  6. Remember that the Holy Spirit, like the wind, blows where she will.

Moving Outward

(A time to gain direction, satisfaction, comfort, and new energy)

  1. Decide to continue a journey deeper into the love of Christ.
  2. Refuse to take up again the guilt and hatred of the past.
  3. Seek a simpler and more focused life.
  4. Rest in the knowledge of God’s unconditional love.
  5. Move away from anxiety toward peace and faith.
  6. Seek the direction of the Holy Spirit.

For more information see http://www.lessons4living.com/walking.htm

or http://www.labyrinthsociety.org/