Put Down Your Phone

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“All of humanity’s problems stem from man’s inability to sit quietly in a room alone.”

Those words were uttered in the 17th century, but oh how relevant they have become in the 21st century.

Technology has become man’s opium which allows him to go through life without ever actually experiencing it. Instead, we live in a constant state of virtual reality. We can hardly spend an hour without checking our electronic devices for some sort of virtual interaction.

While technology and the connectivity it brings are not bad things in and of themselves, let’s consider what else we could be doing with the countless hours we spend on our devices.

Some studies report that Americans check their phones over 100 times every day. What if, instead of checking our phone, we offered a short prayer? What if we sat quietly in a room alone with just our thoughts? What if we examined our conscience? What if we dug deep into our innermost being in an attempt to discover what dwells therein? Unfortunately, most of us are too ashamed and horrified of what dwells within us, and there we have the exact reason why electronic devices are so pervasive.

They serve as a distraction. They’re our modern day fiddles that we toy around with as Rome burns. What a clever plot–to distract Americans while our country is destroyed from within.

But it doesn’t have to be this way. We can choose to put down our phones and improve ourselves. We can choose to pray more often. We can choose to save our country. The most effective method of dealing with any problem is to tackle it head on. Make no mistake, America has a very grave problem, and we must learn to stop distracting ourselves in order to tackle this problem.

So start today. Begin slowly. Substitute just a few minutes of mindless browsing for heartfelt prayer. Only then will we begin to see the change our country so desires.

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