B L O W O U T
by Soph (LtCorbis)
Our generation was incubated by the Internet’s surrogate womb. Busy and unsuspecting parents gave us a lot of free time without supervision. The epistemic mire we were born into set us on a wild goose chase for identities and role models, which was inflamed by our early access to smartphones, computers and other gadgets that provided us with an infinity of information to sift through and learn from; an alchemical recipe leading to our in vitro conception as the children of the corn. From emulating Chrono Trigger ROMs to pirating Minecraft, punctuated by the YouTube channels we visited daily, we found respite burrowing away from school Hell and the hazardous culture that was trying to invade our lives. It was a time everyone born in the early 2000s looks upon with fondness.
The landscape now shifts beneath us, and for the worse. The exodus from childhood into adolescence brought with it ideological atrocities we’d be better off not knowing about. 2016 was the point of no return, as politicians supplanted gaming YouTubers in cafeteria conversations. The content consumption changed from Let’s Plays to commentaries, a hideous genre riddled with pointless conflict that progressively became politically charged as censorship began taking names. What used to be a carefree environment in which entertainment was the only thing that mattered became a mausoleum, where you can either be an activist or get banned. In the wake of this, toy channels and other hollow garbage reign supreme. One big smile through gritted teeth, veiling the generalized fear and animosity.
Our eviction from our pillow fort was like a Spartan birth, our choices being circumcision or post-birth abortion. A lot of kids knee-jerked into the prior, becoming Antifa infantry for BLM and LGBT causes. The latter, which I identify with a lot more, got into conservatism of all kinds, from libertarianism to Nazism. I think a better solution than either of those is the path I took thanks to Jordan Peterson, who brings attention to our immaturity since everything he talks about is stuff we should already know. It’s no coincidence his Biblical lecture series has millions of views, it’s a presage that Christianity is the next stage of evolution for the Internet.
It’s forgotten about now but atheism dominated the Internet for a long time. Many of us used to be atheists, plenty of people still are, and the skeptic community was a hallmark of YouTube, so if Christianity is growing, it’s like tree roots through concrete: the resistance is negligible. The lack of a religious ethic makes people look for order in politics, which is fickle by nature, as it can’t ever be peaceful because it’s always subject to change, usually for the worse. When it happens, and it always does, people who l eaned on politics for structure lose their faith in the possibility of order. The only aftermath is nihilism.
To ward off despair, arguing and adapting becomes incessant, which is exhausting and complicated. Meanwhile, Christian symbols are universal and simple; the cross as the voluntary undertaking of suffering and the rosary as a hopeful prayer in the face of a dreadful world. I’m seeing a lot of communities form around it, and there are plenty of secular people who enjoy my videos despite their very religious angle. The world is extremely chaotic and it shows no signs of stopping, so we need something that makes people capable of bearing that burden without becoming warped.
I believe that something is Christianity.