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In the age of super heroes, one can’t swing a mythical hammer without hitting a movie variant made to prop up modernity’s wish to be, well, more super than it is.  Moviepilot.com reports:

Now that we have Marvel’s lineup of superhero movies, and DC’s…, as well as Fox and Sony’s upcoming films, we know every superhero movie that will come out in the next 6 years. There are 31 of them. In. Six. Years.

Is it me, or do you sense the film industry can’t seem to keep their movie plots secret or unique (both Marvel’s and DC’s recent movies featured a kind of civil-war among the “heroes”).  Or are they merely capturing the zeitgeist of modernity’s inner (super) civil conflict?

Whatever it is, we want things super-sized in more ways than one.

Enter a New Super-Villain

Fit for super-heroes, or those imagining themselves to be super in bed, recent news reports express “huge concern” that super-gonorrhea has spread widely across England. “The new superbug prompted a national alert last year when it emerged [that] one of the main treatments had become useless against it. Public Health England acknowledges measures to contain the outbreak have been of “limited success”. Doctors fear the sexually transmitted infection, which can cause infertility, could soon become untreatable.”

Armed and Dangerous: If you see this SuperBug – do not approach!

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Super-Blame?

Uh… I think we now what causes the spread of this super-STI, but I am fascinated with how the Huffington Post reported: “social media is to blame for the outbreak of STI’s in Alberta.” (To be fair, this is not the only media to report news like this):

Anonymous hook-ups arranged on social media are the major reason for a dramatic spike in sexually transmitted infections in the province.

Cases of gonorrhea last year were up 80 percent from 2014 and are the highest since the late 1980s.

The number of cases of infectious syphilis doubled in 2015 from 2014.

Dr. Karen Grimsrud, chief medical officer of health, says social media tools are helping people communicate quickly to arrange anonymous sexual encounters.

For some reason we want to blame some one – so social media is made to be the super-villain when we find it too difficult to accept responsibility for our own bodies. But does social media somehow act on its own consciousness to propagate this super-virus? Cynically, one reader of the story wrote:

“Or, you know, you could maybe use a condom and not have sex with EVERY PERSON YOU GO ON A DATE WITH!”

I know this is no laughing matter; I know there’s more to it than just practicing so-called safe sex (a modern-day oxymoron if ever one existed), and excercising self-control over rampant promiscuity. It’s not a laughing matter – it’s a crying shame that for many, no longer will it be just a matter of wanting sex with whomever, whenever, or whatever.

Super-Storm Scenario

The emergence of a dangerous superbug was creating a ‘perfect storm scenario.’ (Health Officials express concern over the ineffectiveness of antibiotics that have been over-prescribed for unsuitable illnesses).

Modernity suggests that what consenting adults do behind closed doors ought not to concern anyone else… until their actions lead to a global breakdown of effective antibiotics. Oh well.

Super-Wisdom for the Ages

So while the medical profession act as a kind of “STI-firefighter” – reacting to an emergency that can be easily prevented – this generation appears to be too quick to forget prudence learned over the ages. Some might find the ancient wisdom (below) a quaint and restricting artifact of another era. I wonder if this generation will eventually admit that modernity’s new super-disease is doing the fencing-in of people with their cooperation.

To introduce you to a different paradigm, here’s some super-wisdom from the Proverbs for those who can understand what it means to “drink from your own rain barrel:”

Do you know the saying, “Drink from your own rain barrel, draw water from your own spring-fed well”?

It’s true. Otherwise, you may one day come home and find your barrel empty and your well polluted.

Your spring water is for you and you only,
not to be passed around among strangers.
Bless your fresh-flowing fountain! Enjoy the wife you married as a young man! Lovely as an angel, beautiful as a rose—don’t ever quit taking delight in her body.

Never take her love for granted!

Why would you trade enduring intimacies for cheap thrills with a whore? for dalliance with a promiscuous stranger?

Mark well that God doesn’t miss a move you make; he’s aware of every step you take. The shadow of your sin will overtake you; you’ll find yourself stumbling all over yourself in the dark. Death is the reward of an undisciplined life; your foolish decisions trap you in a dead end.

If you mistake this as being moralistic, please re-read, and read between the lines. The Super-Enigma in all this is your dignity. Who would’ve thought?

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