My Deepest Grievance

Sometimes I sit and wonder about the future. The oppurtunities of tomorrow that like a tree, are spreading their roots, to one day be fully visible. The Future is a happy thought for me as it reassures that the past, while important, is not a matter to be concerned with. I can only imagine what the image of future greatness looked like in the 1960’s. During that time, they lacked the ease of today. It was difficult. My father walked up hill to school both ways and had to tame a stallion to ride home from college (if I remember correctly). However, he had something that I believe we are beginning to search for today.

My deepest grievance with today is our loss of social interaction…and our unwillingness to care about it.


Google, invented in 1998, has without a doubt changed the course of mankind. If you have a question, you can have an answer in a matter of seconds. This is a form of omnipotence. When I was a child, I remember the interactions my family would have with friends and strangers. They’d pull over at a gas station and ask for directions, call a friend about how to fix the air conditioning unit, and ask a cashier how they were doing every once in a while. When is the last time we used a human as our “Google?”

Nowadays we take our questions to Google, our thoughts to Twitter, and our dreams to Instagram.

Some people become defensive when you say that their relationship with headphones, a monitor, or a phone screen could be harmful. But they are the same people who believe that playing Fortnite for 4 hours counts as a real memory. Contrary to popular belief, video games are not the same as going to the baseball diamond and hitting a line drive over your buddies head. Gamertag Skj879 will not console you when you’re feeling depressed, but the hours spent in front of a screen will certainly lead you into depression.

“We act as a sea lion who has mistaken a puddle in the desert for the vastness of the ocean.” – John Eldredge

2018 starves for something real. We want real wood, organic food, and don’t even think about offering your buddy Pepsi products. But the sad part about 2018 is that we have forgotten what we truly crave.

We long for real relationships. Time spent with one another with no agenda and no time frames. We have failed to realize that what we desire is right in front of our noses but we choose to interact with an LED screen instead.

My reccomendation is to shed away the distraction. Lift your head. Focus on those around you. A great part of our purpose is to know others and be known by them.

“We rush around fulfilling our urgent duties and if we aren’t careful our whole lives will be filled with urgency. The funny thing is, the best things in life are hardly ever urgent.” – Matthew Kelly

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Max Yelken

A young man looking for a sustainable life of adventure in a changing world.

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