The other day I tried to explain the series Black Mirror to someone who is not tech savy. It is a series portraying the “collective unease of the modern world”.
She sat on my left. I was perched on a bench having a conversation with another about the pitfalls of social media. I describe some as Black Mirror experiences. She asked what is that. If I had been a bit more aware, I would have advised her to google it. My friend, does have a smart phone. But no, I tried to explain it in terms of the past.
Remember bullying in junior high?
The conversation took on a life of it’s own. I became animated in my depictions of the evil characters. I became an evil character.
It was a Mirror Back experience.
Some things never change.
Having turned my nose up, at an early age, to the snobbery of class consciousness, I chose a lifestyle of flirting with privileged poverty. Noodling on high notes, over the heavy base lines of theology and science, I learned to orchestrate and harmonize in complementary colors. Thirteen notes and three colors create worlds of beauty. Your life is painted in the tones and hues of your choice. It’s your opus.
Living in poverty can mean that you are living in an economically disadvantage situation. It can be because of circumstances or it can be by choice.
But there is also the spiritually impoverished, which no amount of money can correct.
- Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 5:3)
- Think about it.