Has the world gone totally bonkers? Maybe. Some societies have degenerated to a point where it is no longer recognizable as civil. The good is deemed bad and the bad is now good. Times have changed. The new generation is of the view that the oldies are not adapting quick enough to change. They are archaic, old-fashioned and out of touch – not cool. There is some truth in that, especially in the fast changing world of technology. What was once a mouse is now a gadget that looks like one but is no more than an input device to a computer. The fluffy clouds in the sky are now a collection of hardware that keep your data. Keeping up with such changes is indeed hard for the old-fashioned breed.
In the world of communications, the aerogram is now extinct (spell check don’t even has this in its database!). So are pagers and paper greeting cards. People don’t talk anymore, they Whatsapp, Wechat, Skype …. and many more to come. Neither do we research the encyclopedia. We google all the XXpedias sprouting up all over. New words and nomenclature are invented everyday. The modern-day dictionary can hardly keep up with acronyms and weird words with no vowels that somehow found meaning quickly in the faceless world of social media. There is Facebook, more appropriately should be FacelessBook.
But in the midst of the chaotic and depraved virtual world, there exist a real world. There are real people in flesh and blood. They are struggling to compete with the virtual world. It seems like they are losing this battle for survival against the unreal world of zombies and virtual reality. The Matrix is winning. The following story (RT News) may convince you that we (or just the Yankees) are indeed hurtling towards uncharted territories – the human existence is losing this battle for the souls.
In a hidden cam video, prankster Coby Persin dressed up as a homeless guy and pretended to be begging. He first displayed a sign, reading: “Homeless need money for drugs, weed and alcohol,” and managed to raise a decent sum of money across just an hour.
The homeless addict was mainly assisted by young men, who encouraged him by saying “stay high, man, stay high” or “make sure you get a big bottle.”
However, things changed when the prankster put up a different sign, reading: “Homeless single father need money for charity” and was joined by a small girl, sitting on the pavement next to him.
He was left without any donations for almost the whole hour as people walked by, completely ignoring the “troubled pair”.
Ironically, the only person to support the father and the child was a homeless woman, who gave them all the money she made on the day, saying “You need it so much more than I do. You and your little girl.”
Persin told RT that he himself was surprised by the results of his experiment, as he suggested that it would’ve been easy for people to relate to a homeless with a child as “everyone has a little baby sister or a daughter.”
“The most disturbing, probably, was when there were other parents, who had children, and that they looked at me and their child looked at me and they just kept going as if I was invisible with my fake homeless child,” he said.
The prankster believes that New Yorkers supported “someone asking for weed because they thought it was cool.”
For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.