Brink Magazine: Buzzards On the Brain

January 5, 2010 — 1 Comment

My latest (and one of my favorite articles so far) has been published by Randall House’s The Brink Magazine (Online). This will also appear in the D6 Curriculum’s FUSION Magazine (Print). It’s called, oddly enough, “Buzzards on the Brain.” Check it out:

The fear for ages has been that a monstrous army of robots would one day infiltrate our society, overrun us, and in the end would force us into slavery or perhaps completely destroy us. The images of a red sunset casting dark shadows on a robot-infested city in ruins has come across our television sets time and time again.

However, others, such as Aldous Huxley (author of Brave New World) feared that we would instead “become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy.” He remarked in Brave New World Revisited that the “civil libertarians and rationalists” who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny “failed to take into account man’s almost infinite appetite for distractions.” In the book 1984, written by George Orwell, we find men who are controlled by inflicting pain. In Huxley’s book, Brave New World, people are controlled by inflicting pleasure.

Author Neil Postman explains that George Orwell, looking into the future, feared that what we hate would ruin us.

But Aldous Huxley feared that what we love would ruin us.

For some reason, during church services in particular, distracting thoughts seem to swoop around my head like a flock of hungry buzzards waiting to eat a dead carcass.

It’s a pretty disgusting thought.

But maybe you have the same problem. I just drift off into distraction all the time. I have an infinite desire for distractions!

And I am in desperate need of some kind of deadly weapon of retaliation in order to rid myself of these brain-devouring distractions. Especially when it comes to taking part in the things of God, like a Sunday morning at church.

Now, what exactly is the connection between Huxley’s Brave New World and the vultures circling around my slowly disintegrating consciousness as I’m sitting in the pew? It’s rather simple, really…

//Read the Rest at The Brink Online!//

More information on battling the idols threatening to destroy us from within can be found at the Counterfeit Gods website. I highly recommend downloading C.J. Mahaney’s “Idol Factory” as well in your efforts to battle against those blasted buzzards!

Also, be sure to check out future issues of FUSION Magazine for the print version of “Buzzards On the Brain.”

Tim Sweetman

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Tim Sweetman is a young writer, blogger, and student who lives near our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. He has been much more widely known by his “code-name,” Agent Tim. This name also served as the name of his popular blog, which received over 750,000 visits between 2005 to 2007. In 2005, he quickly rose to become a leading teenage spokesperson and cultural critic within the booming blogosphere, taking on issues such as MySpace, alcohol, homeschooling, pride, racism, tolerance, and other topics relating to our culture today. His blog has come to the attention of people such as Albert Mohler, C.J. Mahaney, Alex and Brett Harris, and La Shawn Barber. Tim’s written work has appeared in Lifeway’s Living With Teenagers (February 2012), Lookout Magazine, FUSION Magazine, The Brink Online, The Old Schoolhouse Magazine, Virtue Magazine, Regenerate Our Culture Online Magazine, and on many other blogs and websites across the internet like Marry Well and the Lies Young Women Believe Blog. He has also been featured in WORLD Magazine, The Towers Magazine, and Maryland Newsline. He is scheduled to have an article appear in Veritas Magazine this December. Most recently, his work can be found on Focus on the Family’s Boundless Webzine. His personal interests include writing (surprise!) and sports, both watching and playing. He is a die-hard Washington Redskins fan.

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