I was driving to work this morning, and they were discussing on the radio the topic of giving up something for Lent. Now, I'm not religious so therefore I don't participate. And I say nothing against anyone's religion either, to each his own. But the conversation was interesting to me.
Lent is a time of sacrifice for Jesus, roughly fourty days long, although I believe some religions calculate a bit different. Traditionally, they are fourty days of fasting, whether from food or activities. Some say its a time to give up their vices. Some spend extra time praying to God, and spending time in Church. Fasting during lent was more severe in the ancient days, but generally meat, eggs and dairy products were forbidden. Some do no sweets (which would really be hard for me). In some ways little has shifted; people still take time out from devoruing meats,dairy, sweets. But in other ways, a lot really has changed.
The radio program this morning brought up the topic of how some people believe that giving up Facebook for those fourty days, counts during the Lenten period. It was quite the discussion, and as with everything in the world, quite varying opinions on it. To a lot of people that was considered cheating, that the practice of staying away from the modern world we have grown so accustumed to, just doesn't count during the religious time. Or does it? Some people can't avoid checking their Facebook ten times a day, its become an additction. Like the internet in general I think. Could you do it? Could you disable your Facebook account, or not check your email, or not google something...for fourty days? Or should you stick to the no meat, eggs,dairy or sweets? Ifyou think about it, if people ate like they did during the times they speak about in the bible, perhaps there wouldn't be so many health issues today Interesting times we live in these days. Have we really made progress, or just become eaten up in this social space? Whatever you think on the topic; if you have enough willpower to go without something (for your beliefs) for fourty days...good for you for sticking to it. Mind over matter, right. It's a good way to practice selflessness, eh.