Blue Flower

This I Know:             Facebook is the 21st Century - “Mirror Mirror on the Wall.”

 

Sometimes there are things that strike you as surreal, and at other times your experiences provide a moment of clarity which captures a single thought that has been swirling around in your mind for a while.

I had such a moment the other day when I went to the movies and watched the latest re telling of the Snow White story called, “The Huntsman: Winter’s War.”

As expected, the beautiful but wicked Queen who was the villainess in the fairy tale Snow White, would stand before her talking mirror to inquire, “Mirror, mirror, on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?” As I heard this old refrain, it struck me that this is our current generation’s greatest burden to bear.

In the age old story, each time this question was asked, the mirror would respond, “Thou, O Queen, art the fairest in the land.” But as the years progressed (as they always do), Snow White grew into womanhood and her beauty transcended every other woman in the kingdom. Finally there would come a day when the mirror said to the Queen, “Snow White, O Queen, is the fairest of them all.” This response would be a game changer. From that moment, according to the fairy tale, Snow White was the object of the Queen’s hatred. The Queen would not be content until Snow White was dead and she had her heart in her possession.

What grabbed my attention and drew me into our culture was the simple fact that in the story, the magic mirror contained an imprisoned spirit who is referred to as the “slave in the Magic Mirror.”

Here is where I instantly could see a parallel with Facebook.

I still remember in 2004, when my friend Adrian rang me full of excitement about a new thing called “Facebook” which was going to change the way we relate to each other and encouraged me to join … which I did (even before my children). No doubt about us baby boomers, we are very quick out of the blocks.

Yes, it has changed the way we relate and especially for this generation. Don’t get me wrong, I love seeing photos of my grandkids, reading updates and articles that are posted and the rest … but ... yes, there is a but! I grow more and more convinced that it has become the mirror on the wall for this generation.

When we post, it is as if we are looking in the mirror and want to ask the question, “Facebook, Facebook on my tablet, who is the fairest, cutest, has the most talented children, goes to the best holiday destination and hangs out with the coolest people of them all?” Somewhere deep inside we want 100 likes to say we are.

When this happens the slave of Facebook wins again. So next time you post, remember these words, “It is for freedom that Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not let yourselves be burdened again by a yoke of slavery.” (Gal 5:1).

 

Yours no longer burdened by what others think … I am free in Christ                      Ian Barnett