And then "internet detectives" track down the son of the previous owner of said car and blame him for being a drug-taking, whack-job leftist (which he may be) hired by George Soros to cause Chaos (Maybe if I adjust my tin hat). And guess what? He was a totally different guy- a registered Republican wrapped up in whatever this "Alt-right" crap is. And because of his none-too-tight grip on his marbles slipping, well, that's Trump's fault.
Is it? NOT my point. The point being, there are a plethora of Proverbs in the Biblical book of the same name that cover this entire story and all its participants, and most of them go something like this:
Pro 12:23 A wise man conceals knowledge, but the heart of fools cries out foolishness.
Meaning, with social media driving our society, we have a LOT of fools in this nation just waiting the chance to mouth off and prove the point. It reminds me of the set up of the Tower of Babel story in Genesis.
Gen 11:4 And they said, Come, let us build us a city and a tower, and its top in the heavens. And let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered upon the face of the whole earth.
Gen 11:5 And Jehovah came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of Adam had built.
Gen 11:6 And Jehovah said, Behold! The people is one and they all have one language. And this they begin to do. And now nothing which they have imagined to do will be restrained from them.
I think we are approaching that time of "having one language" again- the language of the internet. Through that language, we build up vast movements of blind men and fools, each donning their verbal armor and their shield to keep the words of their opponents from reaching their ears. And we go forth to war, with artillery blasts of memes and surface to air rockets of news video clips, pounding out a space for our cut-and-paste ground troops to push into the pockmarked Passchendaele where we post our agendas.
Sometimes I wonder why God hasn't sent the confusion back to level our towers- but why should He, because we are building towerS- plural- we are confusing ourselves as it is. But it is more than that. Consider this, if you will:
Rev 13:11 And I saw another beast coming up out of the earth. And it had two horns like a lamb, and he spoke like a dragon.
Rev 13:12 And it exercises all the authority of the first beast before him, and causes the earth and those dwelling in it to worship the first beast, whose deadly wound was healed.
Rev 13:13 And it does great wonders, so that it makes fire come down from the heaven onto the earth in the sight of men.
Rev 13:14 And it deceives those dwelling on the earth, because of the miracles which were given to it to do before the beast, saying to those dwelling on the earth that they should make an image to the beast who had the wound by a sword and lived.
Rev 13:15 And there was given to it to give a spirit to the image of the beast, so that the image of the beast might both speak, and might cause as many as would not worship the image of the beast to be killed.
Rev 13:16 And it causes all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark on their right hand, or in their foreheads,
Rev 13:17 even that not any might buy or sell except those having the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of its name.
Rev 13:18 Here is the wisdom. Let him having reason count the number of the beast, for it is the number of a man. And its number is six hundred and sixty-six.
Here we are introduced to the concept of the False Prophet, who will go before the Beast (Antichrist) using the words of the Dragon (Satan). And he will create an IMAGE of the Beast, that all might worship him. The internet, and perhaps technology we are just now seeing (remember the news story about the factory chipping its workers?) and tech we've yet to see, are the building blocks of that image.
So, I don't think we'll be seeing Facebook and Twitter Wars going away very soon. And I think the people that will be willing to share real ideas instead of textual propaganda leaflets will be fewer and fewer.
As I type this, for example, I had just myself (perhaps foolishly) spoke out that I thought the President had expressed himself adequately on the Charlotte situation, even if he hadn't said the magic words. I was told, in order, that they didn't want to hear it; I was belittled; and then accused of being drunk. Or self-righteous, whichever fit the narrative best.
Defend myself? I was told point blank I was being "muted".
Pro 10:8 The wise in heart will receive commandments; but a babbling fool shall fall.
Like I said, Solomon had a million of 'em.
And I'd best leave it at that, lest I "Come to despise this world of men".