False advertising. What you see is rarely what you get and we live in an era lacking both vision and discernment. We are easily fooled, not because we are particularly led into delusion but primarily because we walk in with eyes closed. We choose what we believe and consequences accompany our decisions, especially when we refuse to attend to the sign posts.
Where we place our trust significantly impacts our lives. Trust is the most important element of ourselves that we relay. But too often, we seek water from dry wells and fruit from barren limbs. Inexplicably, our moment of clarity after realizing an empty pursuit lasts but a moment. We continually chase the ephemeral and are repeatedly disappointed by the lack of continuity in their effects (fame, money, sex, drugs, etc.). We make the bed rocks of our identity and happiness from fleeting interests and poor investments. No vision, no discernment.
A literary giant and a legendary thinker, C.S. Lewis said: “I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.” I was particularly impressed (both in admiration of the imagery and the weight it carries) by this statement. After all, we are driven by what we believe. Maybe our generation should be the one to adjust the lens.