Exploring the Social Imagination

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

When Society is Given Over to a Reprobate Mind - The Bad and the Ugly Social Imagination!

People often wonder why things seem to be getting out of hand and or falling apart concerning many aspects and areas of social life = society: faith, family, gender identity, racism, taxes, politics, cost of living, health care, as well as entertainment, recreation, and least of not all - education.

There are some that see it as change; it just has to happen because of the linear time frame we dwell in. Which means for those of that mind set, there has to be something next or new that was or is  different from the past or imagined as being a better social reality than the one before. And for that reason, there are more than some people who see this 'mindset' as a highway to hell or at least a flirting with disaster instead peaceful sustainability. 

The truth is human beings really don't change all that much. In fact, they seem to go in a vicious circle. Of course, technology appears to tidy that up, make life more livable 'different/better', and even more fun but all that technology comes with a cost for the social imagination. We see growing disconnect between people and families due to social media though it seems to put us in contact with more people, its phony compared to 'real life' encounters. So, we find our lives becoming more and more engulfed in the bad and the ugly social imagination rather than the good of it.

Technology takes jobs, it replaces people, it replaces wisdom, it replaces time and space with immediate gratification and provides only false foundations that grumble fast. You see, this world is still in a state of entropy - a state of decay. Technology is included in that. If people think that they can be saved by technology, they are mistaken. Not even the technology of super quantum computers can halt entropy.  They can make it appear as if they can because of the speed but sooner or later, all things come to an end as entropy affects all things and in fact it affects all things instantly.

From the moment you are born you are essentially growing older and the same goes for technology. Oh, some say that it doesn't matter as long as new minds are born and this is what keeps the human civilization at least in a state of animation. There is some truth to that. But, what happens when a society - a human group is given over to a reprobate mind.  What happens? There is an untamed and uncontrolled wickedness we can observe in society's lusts for the flesh and pride of life. That means they violently chase after the flesh in order to overcome the inevitable loss of it. Out of this, we see societal decay increase rather than remain stable and productive enough for the next generation.

Likewise, the men abandoned natural relations with women and burned with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. Furthermore, since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, He gave them up to a depraved mind, to do what should not be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed, and hatred. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, and malice. Romans 1:27-29!

1 comment :

  1. A reprobate mind-social imagination, produces only works of the flesh, not that which is of the spirit of God.