Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Allergic to the Intellect: The Plight of the Afflicted

Our society incubates a malady. Unlike other illnesses, the arrival of this pandemic can be attributed to human nature’s abhorrence of assiduity. Spreading quickly, the condition is one allergy which is contagious. It is an allergy to the intellect.

Hyperactive minds perpetuated by instant gratification become prevalent. Thoughts of the transcendent and eternal are brushed off; pondering the works and words of those who have gone before us is belittled.

The attitude is apathetic, “whatever" is the prevailing response. Usually given with a shrug and a convenient change of subject, “Who knows? We cannot know!” is a hasty response (whether vocalized or not) when truth enters the conversation. Absolute claims are frequently considered a societal abomination, flippantly disregarded as intolerant assaults. The laws of logic mean nothing, and wisdom is not appreciated. Reality itself is challenged or even denied.

An inevitable sense of meaninglessness is fought in vain by a pursuit of the exciting and the interesting, by becoming smitten with the polished but passing appearance of that which is new. The temporary feelings of adrenaline and entertainment have become favored over the eternally significant absolute truth.

Many souls are stricken with this allergy to the intellect. The affected mind itches and squirms when presented with the possibility of profundity. Depth is too difficult, too vast to traverse, especially when the shallow requires only the push of a button.

The words of Scripture address the condition.

Proverbs 1: 20-33

Out in the open wisdom calls aloud,
she raises her voice in the public square;

on top of the wall she cries out,
at the city gate she makes her speech:

"How long will you who are simple love your simple ways?
How long will mockers delight in mockery
and fools hate knowledge?

Repent at my rebuke!
Then I will pour out my thoughts to you,
I will make known to you my teachings.

But since you refuse to listen when I call
and no one pays attention when I stretch out my hand,

since you disregard all my advice
and do not accept my rebuke,

I in turn will laugh when disaster strikes you;
I will mock when calamity overtakes you—

when calamity overtakes you like a storm,
when disaster sweeps over you like a whirlwind,
when distress and trouble overwhelm you.

"Then they will call to me but I will not answer;
they will look for me but will not find me,

since they hated knowledge
and did not choose to fear the LORD.

Since they would not accept my advice
and spurned my rebuke,

they will eat the fruit of their ways
and be filled with the fruit of their schemes.

For the waywardness of the simple will kill them,
and the complacency of fools will destroy them;

but whoever listens to me will live in safety
and be at ease, without fear of harm."

Pray, read scripture, and pursue truth. May the Sovereign Lord help us to recover!

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