Point of the Day – 9/12/2018 “Untied States of Hedonism”

First off, while still kept concise, this piece will not be one of my 1 or 2 sentence pieces.

Secondly no, it was not a typo. I used the word “untied” rather than “united” for a reason, for as we continue down this hedonistic path we are slowly fracturing as a union of people into lonely, isolated, addicted slaves.

Thirdly, if you read this superficially you might assume there is a conflict with my individualistic, libertarian view. Think deeper if you do.

If you turn on your tv and observe rather than mindlessly watch, you will look through a window into America’s soul.  What will you see? To some degree you’ll see into your own soul based on what you chose to watch.  That alone is worthy of contemplation for each of us.  Step back just a bit, look at the cross-section of what is offered for viewing and what do you see?  I contend you will be staring into the opioid addicted face of hedonism, segmented into palatable bites by short periods of marketed hedonism referred to as ‘commercials’ filled with pretty people selling shiny cars and indoctrinating images of current fashion.  Step outside and into what we like to refer to as “the real world” and you can watch people chasing the drug they were sold on tv (not including the actual drugs now being constantly sold on tv.)

While we each should be grateful to live in a country that still generally lets us pursue our own sense of happiness (after taxes, licenses, and other govt fees of course), we have allowed ourselves to be sold into a united slavery of perception, which is simultaneously untethering us from what is mutually important in our lives, whether we grasp the importance or not. While I could venture off into a multi-paragraph diatribe of what I personally mean by the phrase “united slavery of perception”, I’ll leave it to the reader to make of it what they will. The lucid reader will at least grasp the general overtone and the mutually concerned, if not introspective, will be able to readily offer additional examples to what I intentionally limited in the previous paragraph.

On this day after 9/11 may we each ponder what is truly important, recognize the drug each of us likely have been ingesting, and determine to once again be free.

Talon’s Point of the Day is meant to be concise yet thought provoking. If you are impacted feel free to share the point with others, with or without citation.

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Talon’s Point of the Day – Jan 20th, 2016 Shame On Me….Please!

Our modern society celebrates the shameless and their shamelessness but I’m deeply grateful for shame. It drives me back to the feet of my Savior, where all that is holy, all that is pure is found. Where I am washed clean from my wretched filth, and ultimately from the shame that makes me aware of it. Yes, shame on me….please!

Talon’s Point of the Day is meant to be concise yet thought provoking. If you are impacted feel free to share the point with others, with or without citation.

My Train Wreck Conversion

As a leftist lesbian professor, I despised Christians. Then I somehow became one.

Rosaria Champagne Butterfield/ February 7, 2013

Image: Photo by Jimmy Williams

My Train Wreck Conversion

The word Jesus stuck in my throat like an elephant tusk; no matter how hard I choked, I couldn’t hack it out. Those who professed the name commanded my pity and wrath. As a university professor, I tired of students who seemed to believe that “knowing Jesus” meant knowing little else. Christians in particular were bad readers, always seizing opportunities to insert a Bible verse into a conversation with the same point as a punctuation mark: to end it rather than deepen it.

Stupid. Pointless. Menacing. That’s what I thought of Christians and their god Jesus, who in paintings looked as powerful as a Breck Shampoo commercial model.

As a professor of English and women’s studies, on the track to becoming a tenured radical, I cared about morality, justice, and compassion. Fervent for the worldviews of Freud, Hegel, Marx, and Darwin, I strove to stand with the disempowered. I valued morality. And I probably could have stomached Jesus and his band of warriors if it weren’t for how other cultural forces buttressed the Christian Right. Pat Robertson’s quip from the 1992 Republican National Convention pushed me over the edge: “Feminism,” he sneered, “encourages women to leave their husbands, kill their children, practice witchcraft, destroy capitalism, and become lesbians.” Indeed. The surround sound of Christian dogma comingling with Republican politics demanded my attention.

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Talon’s Point of the Day – June 9th, 2015 The Slave’s Choice

We are ALL slaves by choice, making us without excuse on the day of judgement. Either we choose to be slaves to the sin we were born into, or we choose to be freed from sin and become, as Paul called it “slaves of righteousness.” (Romans 6:19)

Obedience to sin? Obedience to righteousness? This is our choice today, as always.

Talon’s Point of the Day is meant to be concise yet thought provoking. If you are impacted feel free to share the point with others, with or without citation.

Talon’s Point of the Day – May 25th, 2015 Memorial Day

Today is the day we give special honor to those who gave all for the freedoms we have taken so for granted that we have granted our government the power to take them away. The day will come when our government will use said military to control its own citizens.

In the mean time I honor the gift given to me by the fallen soldiers of the past and all who served honorably. Yet I also grieve for what I know is coming.

Talon’s Point of the Day is meant to be concise yet thought provoking. If you are impacted feel free to share the point with others, with or without citation.