Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Novelty's Tyrany.

Novelty is a tyrant. A cruel and harsh tyrant who desires to enslave and entrap you. When first you bow knee to novelty, there is excitement, joy, hope. Ah, something new - this new thing will save you. But this joy and excitement is not enough. Novelty will demand more - a new new thing. Then another, and another. And money sacrificed to Novelty 2009 is long gone by the time Novelty 2010 rolls around and demands its own expensive homage. And of course, Novelty 2012 will be raising your tax burdens once again.

But then, there is that other aspect. Novelty was much more fun when you were young -- these new Novelties don't quite shine as bright. That old glory isn't quite reached... or worse, everyone around you thinks this new, lousy novelty is just wonderful, and you have to add you voice to the cheering throngs... lest they doubt your sincerity, lest they think you aren't rightly lauding our new and wonderful thing.

Of course, as you've seen more and more novelties come down the pike, you realize that each new novelty is less and less aimed at being... your thing. Novelty doesn't love you anymore. You were fun back then, but now, Novelty's moved on to someone else... and the best you can hope for is to live vicariously though them - or see the numbers swell... and even though you are a lost and lonely stranger, at least you're in a crowd.

Until the new Novelty comes along, and people flee looking for something better.

And it's a vicious cycle, a trap, as we bow to our Novel lord and his ever changing demands.

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Or you don't mind that Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and forever, and don't think you need to reinvent the wheel every Sunday.

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