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Some Cultural Good News

Your life is hap­pen­ing now, right in front of you.”

– Made­line (“Christo­pher Robin”)

That’s how she knows the dif­fer­ence between a boy and a man.”

– Chris Jan­son, “Take a Drunk Girl Home”

You sang and I lis­tened to every word, and then I lis­tened to what they said after… that’s how I got saved.”

– Arthur (“I Can Only Imag­ine,” the movie)

I led our parish youth group on a Mis­sion Trip a cou­ple of weeks ago. As I men­tioned last year <link>, this is a truly inspi­ra­tional week of prayer, reflec­tion and ser­vice, and it was an amaz­ing bless­ing to once again be able to share it with my daugh­ter. I made a con­scious choice to avoid news and pol­i­tics as much as pos­si­ble dur­ing the week, and it really helped me focus on the pur­pose of the trip to not be con­stantly dis­tracted by all the crazi­ness that oth­er­wise tends to pre­oc­cupy us. So, as a pub­lic ser­vice to DaTechGuy’s read­ers, today’s col­umn will not be about pol­i­tics. Instead, I’d like to share with you a few pieces of good news from today’s cul­ture that have res­onated with me since I’ve got­ten back from my trip.

I’m a coun­try music fan from way back in high school and a big rea­son I’ve loved the genre for so long is because of the sto­ries the songs tell. I recently came across “Take a Drunk Girl Home” by Chris Jan­son. The song starts out telling of a girl who is par­ty­ing way too much one evening, and you get the feel­ing that it might be about how easy it would be to sleep with her. Instead, the cho­rus of the song goes like this:

Take a drunk girl home
Let her sleep all alone
Leave her keys on the counter, your num­ber by the phone
Pick up her life she threw on the floor
Leave the hall lights on walk out and lock the door
That’s how she knows the dif­fer­ence between a boy and man
Take a drunk girl home

Imag­ine if young men today were taught to take care of women instead of tak­ing advan­tage of them?

Last week, my fam­ily and I went to see the new “Christo­pher Robin” movie. I lit­er­ally can­not remem­ber a time when I did not Winnie-​the-​Pooh. I even brought a stuffed Pooh with me to col­lege. This movie was won­der­ful! Not only was it nos­tal­gic to see Pooh and his friends from the 100-​Acre Wood come to life, but the mes­sage of the movie was just great. Yes, it was a lit­tle cliched, with Christo­pher Robin hav­ing become too focused on his middle-​management job to spend time with his fam­ily, but to see him come alive by play­ing with his child­hood friends again, and real­ize what is truly impor­tant in life, was a very uplift­ing expe­ri­ence. I don’t want to spoil the movie if you haven’t seen it, so I won’t say any­thing else, other than that the voices of the char­ac­ters were nearly per­fect. Please go and see this movie.

The last expe­ri­ence I wanted to men­tion is the movie “I Can Only Imag­ine,” a movie about Bart Mil­lard of the band Mercy Me, and the writer of the title song, which he wrote for his father. This movie does a won­der­ful job of show­ing the power of prayer to trans­form our lives. Not only our own prayers, but the prayers oth­ers may pray for us. It reminded me of a new friend I met on my Mis­sion Trip, who helped me get a han­dle on some things that have been both­er­ing me, and who promised to pray for me as we returned home to our “nor­mal” lives. I think that these three expe­ri­ences may well have been the result of those prayers.

If Andrew Bre­it­bart was right that “Pol­i­tics is down­stream from cul­ture,” then maybe all is not lost, after all.

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“Your life is happening now, right in front of you.”

– Madeline (“Christopher Robin”)

“That’s how she knows the difference between a boy and a man.”

– Chris Janson, “Take a Drunk Girl Home”

“You sang and I listened to every word, and then I listened to what they said after… that’s how I got saved.”

– Arthur (“I Can Only Imagine,” the movie)

I led our parish youth group on a Mission Trip a couple of weeks ago. As I mentioned last year <link>, this is a truly inspirational week of prayer, reflection and service, and it was an amazing blessing to once again be able to share it with my daughter. I made a conscious choice to avoid news and politics as much as possible during the week, and it really helped me focus on the purpose of the trip to not be constantly distracted by all the craziness that otherwise tends to preoccupy us. So, as a public service to DaTechGuy’s readers, today’s column will not be about politics. Instead, I’d like to share with you a few pieces of good news from today’s culture that have resonated with me since I’ve gotten back from my trip.

I’m a country music fan from way back in high school and a big reason I’ve loved the genre for so long is because of the stories the songs tell. I recently came across “Take a Drunk Girl Home” by Chris Janson. The song starts out telling of a girl who is partying way too much one evening, and you get the feeling that it might be about how easy it would be to sleep with her. Instead, the chorus of the song goes like this:

Take a drunk girl home
Let her sleep all alone
Leave her keys on the counter, your number by the phone
Pick up her life she threw on the floor
Leave the hall lights on walk out and lock the door
That’s how she knows the difference between a boy and man
Take a drunk girl home

Imagine if young men today were taught to take care of women instead of taking advantage of them?

Last week, my family and I went to see the new “Christopher Robin” movie. I literally cannot remember a time when I did not Winnie-the-Pooh. I even brought a stuffed Pooh with me to college. This movie was wonderful! Not only was it nostalgic to see Pooh and his friends from the 100-Acre Wood come to life, but the message of the movie was just great. Yes, it was a little cliched, with Christopher Robin having become too focused on his middle-management job to spend time with his family, but to see him come alive by playing with his childhood friends again, and realize what is truly important in life, was a very uplifting experience. I don’t want to spoil the movie if you haven’t seen it, so I won’t say anything else, other than that the voices of the characters were nearly perfect. Please go and see this movie.

The last experience I wanted to mention is the movie “I Can Only Imagine,” a movie about Bart Millard of the band Mercy Me, and the writer of the title song, which he wrote for his father. This movie does a wonderful job of showing the power of prayer to transform our lives. Not only our own prayers, but the prayers others may pray for us. It reminded me of a new friend I met on my Mission Trip, who helped me get a handle on some things that have been bothering me, and who promised to pray for me as we returned home to our “normal” lives. I think that these three experiences may well have been the result of those prayers.

If Andrew Breitbart was right that “Politics is downstream from culture,” then maybe all is not lost, after all.

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