to give you an example of what I’m talking about

So due to the extenuating circumstances of I-take-choir-class-for-the-fine-arts-credit-and-choir-class-requires-occasional-group-perfomances-at-the-school-chapel, I attended chapel service today and stayed to listen to the “message,” aka their mini sermon.

The gist of it was about “clutter” and materialism and resisting it to make time for the important things in life (like God) and how “there’s this pressure to be busy, to be productive, to produce something” and the entire time I’m sitting there thinking,

Yeah.  And where does that pressure come from?  Hm?

What pushes us that direction in the first place?

Never addressed.

That’s the sort of thing I mean, you know, where it goes there but doesn’t really go there.

2 responses to “to give you an example of what I’m talking about

  • Klaraa

    Because that is the point? of a sermon, for a not very specific audience? To make people start to think about a general issue you want to give attention to, and/or talk to each other about said issue…

    When one is leading a discussion group on a specific topic, teaching young children, or preaching to a community of People that are quite homogeneous in their opinions, one can afford to give/suggest the answer to any questions opened (given that those answers are not exactly shockers for the respective target audience). In a sermon that may be attended by very different people, some of whom do not regularly go to that particular chapel? Not such a great idea, they may get bored, or scared off, or accuse the speaker of banning independent thought…

    Yeah, it’s populism, but it’s valid.

    • Coyote

      And I get really bored and impatient with it, and it’s why I don’t feel as much of a connection I want to with these things. If you’re going to give me advice — which she was doing — then you should make it more useful than (paraphrased) “you’re really busy, so you should try to not be so busy.”

      Incidentally, she was assuming that was a problem in all of our lives, and I wouldn’t say that’s the case for me.

      “or accuse the speaker of banning independent thought…”

      This accusation wouldn’t make any sense, by the way.

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