Saturday, October 8, 2011
The danger in creating Spiritual Superheroes has not been lost to Church Leadership. In an almost prophetic statement, Brigham Young warned:
“I am more afraid that this people have so much confidence in their leaders that they will not inquire for themselves of God whether they are led by him. I am fearful they will settle down in a state of blind self security. Let every man and woman know, by the whispering of the Spirit of God to themselves, whether their leaders are walking in the path the Lord dictates, or not.”
The Lord expects us to maintain enough of a distance with the Leadership that we will earnestly seek an independant testimony of the inspired value of their words. Yes, we can love them, laugh with them, and relish their wisdom and insights, but He never intended the Brethren to be held up and worshiped like demi-gods. That will blind us. History is fraught with examples of men in high places who have fallen badly - take Moses, King David, and Judas as examples. Joseph Smith himself was sorely chastened by the Lord on several occasions for really screwing up. And we have recent examples of Brethren teaching things that were later refuted or withdrawn - Bruce R. McConkie, Paul H. Dunn, and Boyd K. Packer, among others. The Lord wants us to sustain these men, but he certainly doesn't want us to be blind sheep. We need to know when they're speaking the Lord's will and when they're just throwing out an opinion.
Thursday, October 6, 2011
That was my last exposure to Apple products for some time. Five years later a friend let me play with his new Macintosh. It was a small almond-colored cube with a tiny black and white screen. But the graphical user interface was neat - you could see the start of something revolutionary underneath it all. And it had this weird new thing called a "mouse" attached to it. Took some getting use to.
Another five years later I was immersed in a PC-based world. Businesses did not run on Macs - they ran on IBM. My shift towards a career in computer science was decidedly flavored by the business world I was connected to. There was no room for Apple there. Everything was DOS, servers, Novell, ethernet, and eventually Windows. PCs were "open", flexible, and had lots of options - lots of parts made my different manufaturers. Lots of software made by the likes of Lotus, WordPerfect, and Microsoft. Lots of competition. Lots of headaches! Platforms were unstable, and software crashed a lot. But Apple - well, that was almost a cuss word. We used to joke about Apple computers - they were for kids and people who couldn't understand "real" computers. After all, we could go to the command prompt on our DOS based PC and type in cryptic codes to make our computers do all kinds of fancy things - like copy a file! Or bring up the contents of a directory. C:\DOS > DIR. This stuff was authentic geekaziod! We weren't about to drive a computer with an automatic - that was for sissies! We wanted a 5-speed manual!
Posted by Neal at 6:47 PM