The millennium of synchronization has ended.1 The fragmentation of Babel 2.0 is upon us.
The build up has been in the water for some time. Boomers always believed they stood at the precipice of the ultimate novelty. Gen-X-heirs tasted the sweet gen-2 sales-pitch and found it a bitter potion.
The death of Kennedy, the Oklahoma City bombing, and 9/11, these were the beginnings of the age of Aquarius. But none of our bionically-manufactured, Abrahamic-lifespans could see before COVID that the real sea-change in our millennium is the contracting and expanding of a fracturing experience space and time.
As a species, we believed for centuries the clock would unify us. COVID has ended that delusion, if not for you, then for your grand children.
Time's epoch may or may not date back to the Game-of-Thrones-style history of the Astronomical in Prague square . But the modern "space race" is no less a new spin on the "space/time thinking" framework.
Time was money. Last March.
Saruman never did pay enough attention to trees.
So it was that the end of a Greenwich-based global era, actually broke as news of more weird faraway problems in China. Lost in the rush to stock pile toilet paper and tequila was a non-trivial fact: Wuhan was no longer on the globalization timeline. It was like they were knocked out of warp speed while the rest of us kept going.
But then we got knocked out too.
This is the key insight: the virus broke the global timeline. No one can sync again on a wide scale, at least for a ...year? Two? Ten?
Even when we do, it will be too late, thank God. The millennial (pun intended) damage is done.
The world is fractured. From the unique decisions of national tyrants with gladdening (Sweden) or maddening (England) or middling (Biden) impact, to the randomized potpourri of riots and lone-masked drivers that sundry localities have been dishing up, the end result is that you are on "your own" clock in a greater way than you have been in a long time; maybe ever.
More so, before this you were always striving to sync more and more toward a universally pushing globalization around you. Now you live on the other side of God kicking you over that hill.
Now you can feel the timelines of the people around you disturbing your own every time you sort of sync. This is why a trip to the grocery store is filled with the adrenalized pain of joining a hive mind, and why going to school or the office may keep you tied to "a" reality, but it will be a very different one from everyone who overlaps with you at your church.
This can be a good thing.
Think about it the next time you find a moment "off the clock." Retreat, remember, and ponder how much about your life got more right as a result of last March.
The longer the political theatre drags out, the faster I will personally accelerate my way out the door of post modernism's dark drone wars and into the phenomenally exhilarating fps-rpg open-world on-rails procedurally-generated fantasy-sci-fi dystopic-real-life religion meta without looking back.
I don't expect everyone to early adopt the way I do. Nor am I throwing out my clocks. I expect most of our lives to speed back up to something resembling normal-ish on the other side of 2020.
But each of these faster normals will still be fracturing timelines, lives speeding up more in a race away from the global Greenwich time project.
Might I contend that, now, as a result, is your moment as a catholic Christian to lead the world that will be here in three hundred years by laying roots now, not on a godless mechanic beating in the imaginations of far away magi, but on the Scriptures of Jesus, opened and prayed with force and vigor.
For this reason, the launch of our alpha-build, catholic Christian men's network, the Sons of Solomon, I am challenging you all to join me in a year of praying a series of Psalms that I believe our God has inspired for such a time as this:
Morning Psalms 123, 125, 127
Day Psalms 124, 129
Vespers (before dinner - optional) 126, 128
Compline 130, 131
These selections from the Psalms of Ascent are a clock to do more than just build into your everyday the ultimate promises and plans of God. They will also unite you to every other catholic Christian who joins in setting our hearts and minds by this clock heard out loud every day.
Be synchronized by these great words from our God as the first fruits of a movement on which the faith of our children's children will be established, and let us prepare to be amazed by whatever he has in store for us next.
He is risen.
This is Christianity.
Until next time,
Be strong, and let your heart know courage.
1 This article was discussed in the Mad Christian Discord this past week. Join our server to get in with Us, the Chill.