Is it interesting in a vacuum or because I shared it?

This is a quote from somebody who the New Yorker dubbed the king of clickbait.

“The way we view the world, the ultimate barometer of quality is: if it gets shared, it’s quality.”

Washington Post

That’s a fascinating concept as a blogger because at some point you go from having to share interesting things to build a reputation to defining to your audience what’s interesting.

It’s disingenuous and lazy to fully give yourself over to the latter, I think, because in the end that’s a model that someone else can so easily overturn.

FOMO and Christ

“At the heart of FOMO is a fear of missing good. At the heart of our gospel is a God who has sent his only Son so that he could buy for us the great and precious promise that fully crushes the root of FOMO.

“In him we have every scrap of good.”

Fabienne Harford

Fighting for the powerless one at a time

This from C.S. Lewis’ Weight of Glory really affected me when it comes to our purposes in foster care and potentially adoption.

He’s talking about war but I think it applies.

“I think the best results are obtained by people who work quietly away at limited objectives, such as the abolition of the slave trade, or prison reform, or factory acts, or tuberculosis, not by those who think they can achieve universal justice, or health, or peace.

“I think the art of life consists in tackling each immediate evil as well as we can.

“…just as the dentist who can stop one toothache has deserved better of humanity than all the men who think they have some scheme for producing a perfectly healthy race.”

On choosing and being chosen

“What would happen if rejection letters said, ‘you were good enough, totally good enough to be part of this class, but we randomly chose 25% of the good enough, and alas, you didn’t get lucky’? Because, in fact, that’s what’s actually happening.”

Seth Godin

I can’t decide if this is more important for those choosing or for those being chosen.

To be human is to be a copycat

“These humble improvements accrue over generations, so that the Bronze Age straight pin becomes a toga fastener becomes a safety pin. Money begins as seashells, evolves into metal coins, diversifies as paper, and eventually becomes virtual as bitcoins and abstruse financial derivatives.”

99U

Teaching your kids about the Lord

Hannah passed on more to her son than just correct theology and right information about the Lord. She passionately and publicly praised the works of the Lord in ways he could witness.

The Village

Here’s part of that prayer:

The Lord makes poor and makes rich; he brings low and he exalts. He raises up the poor from the dust; he lifts the needy from the ash heap to make them sit with princes and inherit a seat of honor. For the pillars of the earth are the Lord‘s, and on them he has set the world. (1 Samuel 2:7-8)

Separating beauty from personal preference

“Recently, my son said to me after seeing a ballet on television: “It’s beautiful but I don’t like it.” And I thought, Are many grown-ups capable of such a distinction? It’s beautiful, but I don’t like it.

“Usually, our grown-up thinking is more along the lines of: I don’t like it, so it’s not beautiful. What would it meant to separate those two impressions for art making and for art criticism?”

Kleon

On the excess of websites

“Some websites had too many distractions and some offered too many options for places to go. Click here, follow me, share this. Stuff like that.

“What I really wanted to do is read their content. I was more interested in the words on the page and what they were saying, but I was constantly bombarded with things that took me off course.”

Becoming Minimalist

This affected me and made me want to deliver my words and my thoughts in an even clearer, cleaner way. Not just online but in real life as well.

Serious men

“Of all the delusions prevalent in these latter days, there is none greater than the common notion that “if a man is in serious about his religion he must be a good man!” Beware of being carried away by this delusion; beware of being led astray by ‘serious-minded men!’

“Seriousness is in itself an excellent thing; but it must be seriousness in behalf of Christ and His whole truth, or else it is worth nothing at all. The things that are highly esteemed among men are often abominable in the sight of God.”

Challies