Thanks to my wonderful wife, I came across a profound discourse today that has further propelled my inner desires to become a better person. The talk is called Jesus, The Perfect Leader. It was written by former President of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Spenser W. Kimball. You can read this wonderful discourse here.
One of the many principles and nuggets of wisdom that stood out to me from this talk is the distracting concept of modern-day, meaningless trivia. President Kimball speaks of Christ using His time wisely as a leader, understanding that His mortal journey would be short. Christ fully understood his purpose for coming to this planet. He wasted no time getting caught up in the cultural fads or ideologies of His day. In referring to the use of our time, President Kimball calls our attention to time’s tyrant:
“The tyranny of trivia consists of its driving out the people and moments that really matter. Minutia holds momentous things hostage, and we let the tyranny continue all too often.”
Isn’t this true? What television show, bit of pop-culture, or latest Oprah buzz is going to mean much in our lives when we lay silently on our death beds? What online social network is going to provide the deep relationships we all hunger for? I had to truly ask myself, how much pop-culture trivia upkeep disengages me from meaningful moments and deeper relationships with the eternal beings all around me.
Lets face it my friends, Facebook is a decoy for what real relationships truly are. Facebook is an extension of the high school mentality, when high school’s reasoning should be far from our lives. Don’t get me wrong, I love social media, the tools are amazing, but it can become a leach, sucking time and meaning out of the relationships that matter most. Spending more time on Facebook, than with your spouse or children five feet away from you, is a decoy of the deadliest degree. Let’s remember God gave us a mortal body that we might experience life with it, and not try and virtually disconnect ourselves from it by plugging our minds into a virutal world. (This is a good talk that addresses this very thing).
So, is trivia my tyrant? I certainly hope not. I have more meaningful Goliaths to conquer than to be distracted by trivia.
I think this is why I ultimately like telling stories about seemingly insignificant moments. Moments that most people squander rather than savor. Cinema has a way, like no other medium, to make a mundane moment magical, connectible, and transmittable to the human heart. Let’s find those moments, live them, cherish them, and remember them. As Neal A. Maxwell once said, “moments are the molecules that make up eternity.”