Current: (adj) new; present; most recent
I have never gone lockstep with the obvious.
I’m also quite reluctant to be in awe of the over-produced or exaggeratedly promoted.
I smile when people tell me that “the current position on something or other is as follows”—considering the fact that human beings change their minds more often than they change the batteries in their smoke detectors (by far).
Yet I know there are many individuals who are greatly impressed that something has been thrust forward for popular consumption, therefore making it the current fad.
Actually, one of the easier ways to make an immoral decision is to give heed and credence to what has the loudest promoter.
I’m not telling you that silence is golden, or obscurity invites purity.
I’m just saying that the easiest thing to do in life is advertise.
It doesn’t involve creativity, doesn’t require honesty and can change its emphasis in mid-campaign.
When I sit down and decide whether a practice is worthy of my support—one which has become current with the times—I ask myself three questions:
- Does it encourage people to accept one another and also challenge them to be better?
- Is it honest enough to admit there may be error?
- Is it open to revision—or closed off because those who are pushing it want to guarantee the reaction they desire?
If it passes those three questions, I’m prepared to accept any current movement, spirituality, kindness, politics, music or interaction.
If not, I quietly walk away, let everyone play with their toy for a while, and then warmly welcome them back, helping them overcome the instinct to be jaded.