Support First Things by turning your adblocker off or by making a  donation. Thanks!

We see signs of the coup de culture (utilitarianism, hedonism, scientism/earth religion) ever day.  This is an H story.

Hedonism is about far more than sensuality.  It is about living for the thrill, the fulfillment of every material desire, the scratching of every itch (so to speak).  It is about being obsessed with pleasure and what pleases. I often give Octomom as an example, or the stampede at a Walmart a few  years ago that was so intense, a security guard was trampled to death.

I think this story qualifies, too.  Sony is planning on bringing out new phones with a Play Station built in. From the story:

Sony’s long-rumoured PlayStation Portable smartphone is set to be launched in North America and Europe as early as the spring, according to a Japanese newspaper report Wednesday. The device would likely be based on Sony’s handheld PSP Go game console, would be made by Sony Ericsson Mobile Communications and run Google’s Android operating system, said the Asahi Shimbun’s English edition, citing unnamed sources. Sony hopes to take on Apple’s iPhone, Research in Motion’s BlackBerry and Nokia devices by offering the first smartphone that is based on a portable game console, with a set of controls that allows very advanced gaming.

I am certainly not against having a good time.  But for some, technology is becoming Soma.  Imagine dying and nothing flashes in front of your mind’s life review except video screens.  A sad waste of limited time.

Whatever happened to just being alone with your thoughts, meditation, or prayers? And what about reading a good book?  I know. I know.  Get thee to the retirement home, Wesley.  You’re getting to be a grumpy old man.

Dear Reader,

Your charitable support for First Things is urgently needed before July 1.

First Things is a proudly reader-supported enterprise. The gifts of readers like you— often of $50, $100, or $250—make articles like the one you just read possible.

This Spring Campaign—one of our two annual reader giving drives—comes at a pivotal season for America and the church. With your support, many more people will turn to First Things for thoughtful religious perspectives on pressing issues of politics, culture, and public life.

All thanks to you. Will you answer the call?

Make My Gift

Comments are visible to subscribers only. Log in or subscribe to join the conversation.



Filter First Thoughts Posts

Related Articles