Surf Report – 12/7/09

Welcome to a Monday edition of the Surf Report.

.: God :

What does it mean to be a man?

Mark Driscoll believes that the transition from boyhood to manhood is marked by the following 5 events:

1. Leave your parents home.

2. Finish education/ vocational degree.

3. Start a career-track job vs. a dead-end job.

4. Meet/ marry a woman.

5. Have children.

My thoughts:

  • Not everyone is “called” to marry.
  • I agree that no transitional event marks when one becomes a man.
  • There is nothing wrong with marrying later in life.
  • Being single does not equal being irresponsible.
  • Playing videogames/ interest in videogames is not a sign of immaturity. Videogames are as valid as a hobby as sports. (I agree when Mark speaks of how dumb it is when people throw their lives away playing videogames.)

Your thoughts?

.: Life :

“Yesterday, December 7, 1941—a date which will live in infamy—the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.” – President Franklin D. Roosevelt

.: Gaming :

Recently Syp over @ Bio Break had a great post that outlined a year of free-to-play MMO’s. This got me thinking, why not play an MMO a week? Sounds like the ultimate MMO tourist challenge to me! As you might have guessed from the header above, I have decided to play Maple Story this week. Time for some quirky Korean fun! Thoughts and comments will be shared in next week’s Surf Report (12/14/09). Stay tuned.

That is it for this weeks Surf Report. Make sure to comment below and have a good week!

2 thoughts on “Surf Report – 12/7/09

  1. I agree not everyone is called to marriage, and not necessarily right away, and we can be responsible God-honoring single people, but all those are the exception to the norm.

    Anyway its all a sidelight to Mark’s overall message. He just wants us (I’m a man or at least a boy who can shave) to remove ourselves from our childish consumerism. That’s a huge problem in our culture. I think one of the things he misses is the effect that entertainment has. If you turn on tv, the popular men typically are psycho military types or goofy-class-clown probably couldn’t get their GED type of guys. Its easier to regress to the latter rather than become an elite navy seal, so society moves toward that. We really are told the more we can remain as a boy the more “successful” we are.

    Specific to videogames though, I’m pretty much with you. There is no difference between sports, music, games, movies (Mark actually says this). The difficulty is in the possibilities each presents. Those that become really good at sports and train all the time become professional athletes. Those that are really good at music and practice all the time become rockstars, but those that are really good at video games and play all the time become 40 year old men living in their parents basement with too much time and too little hygiene.

    I don’t think he’s knocking anything specifically (but it recalls to mind the saying, “I’m not a racist I hate everyone equally), he’s promoting men moving in a direction where we invest the time we have alive rather then just spending it.


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