A bit more about the “Traps of the World.”  Supposedly harmless entertainment that –  a trite expression but applicable  – leads to a downhill slope.

I almost always read Christian fiction but I’m not very good at finding what I want on my kindle. A few days ago, I finished the triology, Mark of the Lion, and put a hold on another. Last night I wanted to read and didn’t want to wait for an author known to me, so I picked an unknown that looked wholesome, got it immediately and began reading. Within a few pages I ran into to a word that used to be a “no-no” but decided it was really not so bad in this day and age. So going on I came on to a word I consider vulgar. I was interested in the characters at this time and drifted by. Whoa, now! I finally came on to a very (what do they call it? Graphic?) ok, graphic sex scene. At that point I stopped. Tried to remove the book from my kindle. I didn’t want it in my kindle or my cloud. After some time, I found a way to “delete it from devise,” so I did that. Went back to my borrowed books and discovered it was still there. I could not remove it from my library account.

Just thinking how many times we take a peek at something from curiosity, on purpose, or accidentally and it’s effects cannot be removed. I still remember the first real pornographic book I picked up, must have been nearly fifty years ago. It was in an old house we were cleaning up for some reason. I flipped it open, read probably less than half page. Found words I didn’t know the meaning of, but some I did. I quickly trashed that thing.  Would anyone say that that kind of reading does not lead to that kind of act?  Careless and irresponsible.  Another trite expression – garbage in, garbage out!

On to another memory. I learned to read eary and indulged in many books from the county library— Zane Gray, Nancy Drew,. Hardy Boys, and Cherry Ames. In high school I was encouraged to broaden my horizons so I read “The Wall” (I think by John Hershey) and “Gone with the Wind.” My Gone with the Wind was at my house when Aunt Gladys came. She picked it up and expressed shock to me that I was reading that. I didn’t realize at that time how the break through on that “word” in approved literature would result in such evil, prolific, and profitable industry!

“Lord, forgive our land. Make us soft and pliable to quickly bend to the voice of the Holy Spirit.”

About oneta hayes

ABOUT ME Hello. To various folks I am Neat’nee, Mom, Grandma Neta, Gramma, Aunt Neta, Aunt Noni, Aunt Neno, and Aunt Neto (lots of varieties from little nieces and nephews). To some I’m more like “Didn’t you used to be my teacher?” or “Don’t I know you from someplace?” To you, perhaps, I am a Fellow Blogger. Not “fellow” like a male or a guy, but “fellow” like a companion or an adventurer. I would choose to be Grandma Blogger, and have you pull up a chair, my website before you, while I tell you of some days of yore. I have experienced life much differently than most of you. It was and is a good life. I hope to share nuggets of appreciation for those who have gone before me and those who come after me. By necessity you are among those who come after me and I will tell you of those who came before. Once upon a time in a little house on a prairie - oops, change that lest I commit plagiarism - and change that “house on the prairie” to “dugout on the prairie.” So my story begins...
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8 Responses to ANOTHER TRAP

  1. Roos Ruse says:

    I too miss good writing without the garbage . I think it’s the unnecessary product of lazy minds combined with complacency and degradation. And then there’s our microwave economy; why exercise vocabulary when one vulgar word expresses an entire thought? Language is such a marvelous tool, to not fully employ it seems a shame.

    • oneta hayes says:

      Roo, what a astute and well expressed comment. I appreciate the extension of my thoughts. I know it is not “acceptable” to even hint at approving censorship, but it is important to point out the advantages of keeping a standard of healthy “brain” food.

      • Roos Ruse says:

        Now you have me really rethinking. I believe there’s good sense in conveyance of thoughts and ideas.

        • Roos Ruse says:

          Oops! Tiny cell keyboard error. I do not endorse censorship of ideas or thoughts. But do you suppose a good, solid use of language prevents any need for censure?

          • oneta hayes says:

            😀 Probably. I do not get bent out of shape when I read the Song of Solomon. 😀 Pretty classy language – “My lover is to me a sachet of myrrh resting between my breasts.” SS1:13 Not many current writers could/would depict that scene like that! That is about as graphic as I will read or write. 😀 Hey Roo, you might push me to not sounding very “great-grandmothery.”

            • Roos Ruse says:

              I’m often curious that people don’t love Song of Solomon as I do. Sounding g-granny-ish is not such a bad thing. My t’ween grand kids still remember when I was “The great and powerful Roo” but they don’t care for minding their words when we chat now. They don’t like being reminded that saying OMG as if it means nothing isn’t cool. I look forward to my g-grand girl talking.

  2. Faye says:

    What you are saying makes great sense to me. Perhaps this is why I write as I write. Beyond the Ashes, My God Lives!, and Marranga-Limga were all written to be REAL but to reflect the heart of God therefore fiction. I sincerely hope well written but I have been told believes find the heart of God is revealed to them in the stories. All found on kindle – just a suggestion.Amazon has kindle e-books but I guess on line has many resources. I really don’t understand it all. Our God Lives! is illustrated and is ALL about HIM in our broken world. It is a meditation style book. (Upper Room previously published the content). What you say is so right. If I allow some of the ‘stuff’ in written or pouring out on TV Etc it slowly pollutes my mind and I know it effects life in every way. I wish I lived closer I’d love to share both love of reading and life with you. Keep writing gg incredible lady.

  3. oneta hayes says:

    Thank you, Faye. I appreciate your wisdom. I’ve been relying on the library for my leisure type reading, but I’m getting a bit bored with some of it. Some fantastic writers like Francine Rivers, who is my top choice, and others but I have read all their books. Those who produce dozens or scores of books begin to get repetitious and I can’t remember one from the other. I have ordered a few from blogging contacts. I will look over your choices.

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