While people in Japan are suffering on the tailwinds of a tsunami and on the brink of a nuclear crisis, the kid in my adolescent development class was praying for the basketball team to play well in their first March Madness game.
I didn’t say amen.
I wish it was that simple to show my non-support for all the other things that are exploding in the world.
While Women’s Services is providing incredible events like ones with Alex Boye that bring tears to your eyes and change your life, the BYU homepage sports this newsworthy bit: “Vote for Your Favorite Jimmer Signs”—which is great news, because we don’t have enough people running around campus wearing his T-shirt or his jersey or his face.
No complaints about basketball. No complaints about Jimmer. No complaints that we rally around great talent and great fun.
Just a complaint that we do it at the expense of greater things.
Did you see the Daily Universe front page all about planning your wedding? Have you seen the insane amount of blogs that have thousands of followers for no reason other than that they post other people’s pretty pictures full of anorexic models draped in .2 oz of fabric? Have you been irked by the number of things/groups/companies/people trying to get you to “like” them on facebook?
Have you been annoyed at the amount of time-wasting crap for which we pay hundreds of dollars to spend our precious mortal probation in isolation?
No complaints about weddings, pretty pictures, blogs, or technology. Just an aching for depth.
For reading real books, not electronic ones. I don’t care how lightweight it is.
For spending real time with your loved ones, not something with an ‘i’ in front of it.
For good old fashioned fun without a TV.
For bodies that run and bike and camp and vacation and canoe!
Without a couch.
For soulful singing that’s going to happen behind Dance Ensemble tonight and tomorrow night, if you want to come hear me. I’ve got something to say.