Diversion: The U.S. Distraction

DiversionIt’s a delicate subject because it places ourselves in a personal place where no opinion other than our own is appreciated but just think how much of your life is a series of diversions.  A redirection from something or someone; a distraction, so says the dictionary.

We now have the luxury of diversions because we will not get polio, fluoride’s been taken of, the black plague becomes a Jeopardy question and we now get to live these luxuriously extra human years looking for the next diversion.  (Yes, one ends and another needs to replace it, and quickly!)

My sister knows more about Kim Kardansian than she does me, perhaps my fault for not pushing my life upon her as much as her inquiring into mine further than the standard, “How are you?” and now let’s move on to the Kardansians.  (I’m not even sure who they are while she tells me of the wiles and willies of their adventures.)

I swear (apologies) that Wisconsinites know more about the Green Bay Packer players than they do their neighbor, much less the person they sleep with every night.  (Stats included!)

Third world country folks end one meal only to clean it up and begin to plan the next meal.  (How sad for them that the Kardansians have escaped them!).  Third world people’s thoughtful preoccupations is upon the new iPhone which replaces a perfectly working iPhone, back and forth whether you should marry the woman you’ve been living with the past three years, what debt can be transferred to this company to further place you in further debt, along with dutifully following your favorite football team (seasonal taste), your favorite television program, or the antics of a fellow employee. (tongue is in cheek.)

We, humans, need stimulus and we will find it anywhere or in anyone that we can.  The richer you are the more we will follow and analyze you from your choice of wives to the car that you drive.  We even, if I dare use a strong word, “thrive” on it.  We feed upon it because we need the diversion from our freed-up First World existence that has provided us with a more years, a deeper self development and more opportunities to volunteer and share time with others.

I wonder what my sister thinks that I or Kim are doing right now?

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About Rev. Joe Jagodensky, SDS.

A Roman Catholic priest since 1980 and a member of the Society of the Divine Savior (Salvatorians). www.Salvatorians.com. He is associate pastor of partnering parishes, Christ King and St. Bernard parishes in Wauwatosa, WI.
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