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Everyone is picking sides regarding the Oscar Slap where Will Smith slapped Chris Rock in the face for telling a joke about Will's wife. Some are saying Chris deserved it, some are saying Will deserved to go to jail, others are saying it was staged because the Oscars have the lowest rating of viewers ever and negative press is still press. After all, look how many people went online or watched it on the news? People used to protect their reputations, but now, we sell our souls to the highest bidder. Clicks equal cash, baby.

Friendamies - When your Friends are your Enemies

What was the lesson learned by the children who watched their favorite stars act poorly? Will fans of Will and Chris ever see them in the same affectionate way ever again? People are looking to their idols and see that even they fear no consequences for bad behaviors. There is no safe place, no joke, no words, and hurt feelings means that everyone has the potential to be your enemy. Feelings are not facts and hurt never justifies harm. We are a world at war with ourselves and even our friends are our enemies.

Mowgli, the young boy and main character in The Jungle Book, was raised by wolfs and acted like them until he learned he was a human. As a society we've accepted that we walk among wolfs and live in an unsafe jungle of our own making. Only the strong and powerful will survive and only those who are prepared to protect themselves will win the battles when they come. Prepared to fight at any moment means we are always on defense. We are no longer intelligent reasoning beings created in the image of God, but animals on the prowl for the weaker ones. When we stop thinking and just act from our emotions, we are no better than the animals, and have devolved to be like them (the opposite of evolution). We have become unwise.

"Be very careful, then, how you live--not as unwise but as wise."

Ephesians 5:15 (NIV)


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