Is it just me? Thoughts on three lives of not-so-quiet desperation
I generally do not engage in non-theological rants, or postings, for that matter, but…I’m sitting here reading Newsweek magazine and I’m once again assaulted/insulted by the latest news on Lindsey Lohan, Brittney Spears and Paris Hilton. And don’t tell me if I spelled their names correctly, or not. I don’t care. And that’s my point.
Why does anyone care about these spoiled degenerate young women? I think we should care about what kind of parenting they did, or, obviously, did not have. These are women whose every move is documented and zipped across the Internet. Why is it that "news" about them makes the headline news at my Yahoo home page? Why this endless fascination in watching these poor young women literally self-destruct before our very eyes?
I can think of few other depressing examples of the deep rot that has set into our culture than the fact that so much time is spent giving attention to these three. What we see here is the tragedy of women whose bank accounts are stuffed full, but whose souls are desperately empty. Perhaps that is the good purpose they serve. Where were their parents? How is that women barely "legal" can already have established criminal records and have spent time in and out of "rehab" for use of illegal drugs and overuse of alcohol. And anyone envies them? What helpless and pointless lives of not-so-quiet desperation they are leading. And this is news? This is worth our public attention? It’s so sad and tragic that it literally makes me sick to my stomach.
We must pray that somehow, in some way, the proclamation of Law and Gospel reaches these young women before it is too late. God have mercy on them, and on us, in a culture that "celebrates" this kind of spectacle. Your reaction? Is it just me?