Selfie Culture !

Have you ever taken a selfie? Why?

Have you ever wondered why the candidates we have running for public office seem inordinately self-obsessed and corrupt? To learn the answer, we just have to consider why we took that selfie and who is voting for those candidates for public office.

Was it always this way? To some extent it was. Nevertheless, greedy, prideful people could not have created this nation. At one time Americans must have been more willing to consider each others welfare. Even when I was a child, we had a president who could utter these words.

The energy, the faith, the devotion which we bring to this endeavor will light our country and all who serve it — and the glow from that fire can truly light the world. And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you — ask what you can do for your country. — John F. Kennedy

Now more than ever before our leaders compete for office with the most absurd promises. That’s because we see our country as our government, and we see our government as all about what it can do for us. And so it is we elect people who see their job as all about what our government can do for them.

In a Selfie Culture, the big picture is “ME”.

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What does the Bible say that would apply to selfies?

The term selfie, which was the Oxford Dictionary’s 2013 word of the year, refers to a photo taken of oneself, usually with a camera phone, and posted on a social media site. Selfies can range from silly “duck-faced” snapshots to pornographic videos. A “selfie culture” is one in which people take a lot of selfies, of course. But, for the purposes of this article, we will further define a selfie culture as a widespread obsession with self-expression, self-esteem, and self-promotion, evidenced by the proliferation of self-portraits on social media. The Bible was written before the advent of camera phones, but God’s Word still has plenty to say about one’s view of self.

While there is nothing inherently wrong with taking a selfie and sharing it with others, selfie culture, as defined above, is steeped in narcissism. Need yourself…

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9 thoughts on “Selfie Culture !

  1. I have taken the liberty of sending this to 30 + groups on FaceBook with whom I belong as a member. I trust this was all right with you. My thoughts are that your message is needed and here was an ample means of sharing….

    God bless you and yours, Tom.

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      1. You’re quite welcome. I did not think you would be opposed to my doing so. This being an election year I felt your words needed to get out to as many people as possible. Perhaps people will see the error in their way. God bless, Tom.

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  2. I wonder if you two are being too critical about of selfies.

    I enjoy seeing family pictures being texted to me including an occasional selfie of someone enjoying themselves with friend. I personally will do the same with a grandchild or relative even though I look pretty bad.

    King Solomon after all, spent a lifetime observing and analyzing other people’s behavior and came to the conclusion to just try to enjoy each day and obey the Commandments. If someone enjoys taking a selfie and obeys the Commandments, that’s okay with me. We need a little levity in life especially in this world full of far greater follies occurring because certain people just do not follow the Commandments.

    Regards and goodwill blogging.

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    1. @scatterwisdom

      I think Michael addresses your concern in his post. The issue is not the technique we use to take the picture. The issue is the obsession with our self.

      The proliferation of selfies is symptomatic of an obsession with self.

      If we want a picture with our family or our friends, then the focus is usually on a relationship, not self.

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  3. So many of my classmates and professors have taken the greatest selfies for their LinkedIn accounts!

    And I have stood their like an idiot in front of my bathroom mirror snapping image after image trying to figure out the basic selfie photograph technique.

    Either I hate myself mightily or the modern universe has passed me by…

    …at light speed no less.

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