The topic of beauty has entered our household as our 3-year-old daughter acclimatizes herself to a culture determined to unite self-esteem with a particular version of beauty. “Pretty” is a word we hear regularly, often only said in relation to something dressed up or done up.
Where do we see the holy? Where do we catch glimpses of grace? Where is God most present in our world? Maybe we think of grand cathedrals, where centuries-old art and architecture reflects the beauty and glory of God. Or perhaps a glimmering ocean sunset where the light dances to a tune of divine artistry.
But rarely will we think of a dirty homeless person rambling in the street.
Much has been said about perils of social media and the excessive use of smart phones. I've chimed in once or twice in the past. The latest rant has come via the clip "Look Up." I agree with much in the assessment of our obsessive phone culture and admit my own tendency to focus more on my phone than my surroundings from time to time. Smart phones and social media feed a lack of attentiveness in relationships and a general distraction in everyday life we’d all do well to avoid.
But I'm also uneasy with these repeated guilt-inducing tirades against the current state of society's use of technology.