I've seen some pretty weird things on the Internet. What I don't understand is the newest fad- Challenges. The latest ones are:
Challenges like teens lighting themselves on fire for fun.
Making videos of certain body parts moving (and I don't mean ears or noses!)
And this latest thing that's even gotten adults doing it- the Ice bucket Challenge. People dumping ice water on themselves instead of giving a certain amount of money to a charity. Some are even congratulated for their bravery when doing it.
None of these things build character- in fact, some of them are downright dangerous and can cause permanent damage. I'm all for fun, but this is borderline crazy! Are kids really that bored with life that they invent new ways to maim themselves?
"I'm really bored. Let's find something cool to do- Hey, I know! Let's grab some lighter fluid and burn ourselves! Oh, let's be smart about it and stand in the shower first- of course I can turn on the water and hold my phone at the same time- I'm not an idiot."
"I want people to respect me for my talents. Watch me show off my (name body part here) so they can see how awesome and talented I am!"
(for the record, popularity and "likes" on Facebook don't equal respect, kiddo).
"Oh look! This charity needs help. I can't donate, but to help spread the word of their needs, I'll post a video of me dousing myself with ice water- this is going to do wonders for them!"
Um...why not take those bottles of ice water and sell them so you can donate to the charity? What good will posting a video of yourself wet and shivering do to help those in need?
It makes no sense to me. I hope I'm not the only one.
I'd rather light a fire on my fire pit and invite a hungry family over for a cookout.
I'd rather see you dancing and singing with joy to God- that I will record and happily put on facebook!
And I'd happily dump several buckets of ice water on my head and post it to Facebook if everyone who watched it would donate to a charity. That is a challenge I wouldn't mind doing (and I hate cold water!)
Before doing any "challenge", please think before accepting- I don't care who you are, what age you are, or if you like or hate the color purple. Use the brains that God gave you and accept only those challenges that make you grow into a better person- not a human torch/porn-star/soggy-Popsicle!
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