Brothers & Sisters:
I need prayer for Facebook addiction. I don’t want to ever have to log on to that site again. My mind becomes flooded with Facebook-related matters in such a way that interferes with my focus on the important things. This even happened in counseling with Pastor Norman yesterday.
I was off of Facebook, hopefully for good, for about five or six weeks, not wanting to return to it. The only reason I came back is because I found it impossible to communicate with the singers on my demo project by email or phone. They wouldn’t return emails or phone calls when I was trying to organize rehearsals. Erika (one of the singers) said I should start a Facebook if I wanted to talk to them.
Begrudgingly, I returned to Facebook. All the singers accepted my Facebook friend requests immediately and I was then able to organize rehearsals and a studio date. The problem on my end is that it then led to a progressive illness with regards to Facebook. I’ve begun to think a lot about people whom I haven’t known for decades and never knew very well to begin with. I’ve begun to think a lot about situations in Berkeley, where I haven’t lived for almost two years ago. Basically, the “Old Story” was being fed, and the “New Story” being starved.
Yesterday, to cap it all off, I saw I had a message from my friend Todd, to whom this email is cc’d. Because it was Todd, and not just any old Facebook “friend,” I logged on to Facebook to check the message, even though I’d told everybody I was going to “take a break” from the site. He had a video I could use for Homeless Lives Matter, a very compelling video that was appropriate for that site. It was called “Homeless People Read Mean Tweets.” It showed a number of homeless people sitting around reading anti-homeless tweets that were very mean-spirited, as well as, in most cases, ignorant. So I shared it to the site.
Immediately, a woman named R. made a comment that “people who are housed” read mean tweets, too. Long story short, by the end of the night, the comments section on Homeless Lives Matter was full of an argument between R. and somebody named Georgia who objected to her attitude. It included a lengthy account about how R. had let me stay over at her house and how I left water on the floor after taking a shower and “blocked a doorway,” both of which events are plausible, but neither of them memorable.
(I do recall in those days that people frequently objected to manifestations of my absent-minded nature when, on rare occasions, they permitted me to shower at their homes or sleep on their couches. I object, as you know. to these same manifestations, which occur to this day. Absent-mindedness is probably the biggest problem I have now, holding me back more than any other idiosyncrasy.)
In any case, this woman — whom I only know from a single occasion — went on and on about how self-absorbed and self-preoccupied I am, only caring about myself and my music, not having consideration for her needs, and so forth. In other words, this woman whom I had known for exactly one night flagrantly assassinated my character on a timeline where 600 members of the group I started in Berkeley could read it. I am not an Admin of that group and no power to remove the inflammatory posts, so I simply deleted the video.
My lady friend Jan later said that this “highlights” the whole insanity of the Facebook phenomenon. People don’t take the evils of Facebook seriously enough. I have had friends post extremely personal information on my timeline, much of it completely erroneous or even stuff that would endanger their own security. Then they wonder why I am removing their comments. The world does need to know their personal business, or mine, and it baffles me why people won’t at least keep such comments in Messenger, where they are directed only toward the person for whom they are intended.
In any case, I need prayer for this addiction, because I had to deal with nightmares about R. all night, who also needs prayer. I literally know this woman from a single night, was grateful she gave me the opportunity to rest up and shower when I was homeless, and was puzzled when she screamed and yelled at me in the morning. That, several years later, she would even still be “tripping” on that incident, is beyond me. All night long I dreamed about her having some psychotic obsession with me and stalking me all the way up to Northern Idaho.
For people who think that Facebook is “no big deal” — possibly even for my friend Todd himself (?) — my concerns may seem over the top. After all, not everybody has an addictive personality, and many people “manage” the site very well. But my premise is that the site itself is evil, and from the very pit of hell, to the same extent that a drug like crystal methamphetamine is evil, and from that same pit.
Any site that would post a link to “request account deletion” (as though account deletion ought to be a “request” and not a willful choice), and then tell you to fill out a certain form if you would like for your account to be deleted after your death raises a major red flag. Why anyone would support the money-loving evil in Mark Zuckerberg is far more baffling to me than why anyone would support Donald Trump. Both baffle. One baffles more.
Todd, I posted an article by a Christian woman named Ashley Slack. Jan and I read this last night and were both extremely impressed. I also have written this article: By Nature.
One response to that article, when posted on Facebook, was a recommendation from a certain well-meaning friend on how I ought to deal with “depression.” This is due in part to the fact that because the first sentence alludes to depression, one might think that the entire article is about my personal depression. Anyone reading that article in its entirety (which the well-meaning friend had not done) would discern easily that it had nothing to do with depression, but with a far more important subject than my own personal mental state.
However, this well-meaning friend then proceeded, quite innocently, to advise me on my timeline as to how to address depression, thus leading all of my hundreds of Facebook “friends” to believe I was in a depressed state. What would logically have ensued would be a gigantic discussion on an open timeline about a problem that I simply did not have.
When I tried to tell this well-meaning friend about this, he suggested that I was “getting all bent out of shape over nothing.” Well, maybe to him it is nothing, but to me, I certainly don’t need hundreds of people believing I am depressed (which I am not) anymore than I needed for hundreds of people to believe that I am a self-serving person who believes in retaliating against people who live indoors (as R. was saying) simply on the basis of my having left some water on a bathroom floor and, apparently, blocked a doorway, during the single night I slept at this woman’s house (on the couch) and had to deal with her screaming and yelling at me in the morning for no reason that I was aware of.
That this woman R. would even still be thinking about this isolated event from several years ago is testament to just how many kooks and creeps abound on the timelines of various Facebooks the whole world wide.
Finally, I wrote this article: The End of an Era. And guess what? The era did not end.
Facebook makes it far too easy to re-instate an account one is desperately trying to remove, and far too difficult to delete the account. In fact, the easiest “deletion” link to find leads you to believe that the account cannot be deleted until after death. That is sick.
Facebook is a Living, Breathing Crime Scene.
The Naked Truth About Facebook’s Revenge Porn Tool
Facebook’s Tracking Cookies (European Report)
Facebook Routinely Suppressed Conservative News
How Facebook’s Tentacles Reach Further Than You Think
You want more? I got ’em. Here is a list of 66 sites that Facebook has unilateraterally deleted in the past two weeks – unilaterally, mind you. None of these sites were in violation of Facebook Terms of Service. Yet they seem to have something suspiciously in common:
- Collectively Conscious (915K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Natural Cures Not Medicine (2.3M followers) – Deleted on June 11th, 2018.
- I Want to Be 100% Organic (700K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Viral Alternative News (500K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Organic Health (230K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Natural Cures From Food (120K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Heart Centered Rebalancing (3.9M followers) –
- Awareness Act
- Conscious Life News
- Living Traditionally (570K followers) – Unpublished on June 5th, 2018.
- Organic Wellness (600K followers) – Unpublished on June 5th, 2018.
- Chocolate Socrates (608K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Earth We Are One
- Meditation Masters – Deleted in early June, 2018
- People’s Awakening
- Nikola Tesla
- Interesting Stories
- The Warrior
- Natural Health Warriors
- Tech Explorers
- Universe Explorers
- Area 51
- The Global Meditation
- Video Explorers
- Flower of Life
- Global Freedom Movement (27K followers) – Deleted on June 19th, 2018.
- Health & Alternative Medicine (550K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Pure Nature (1.7M followers) – Deleted on June 3rd, 2018.
- Nature Gallery (654K followers) – Deleted on June 3rd, 2018.
- Mesmerizing Nature (912K followers) – Deleted on June 3rd, 2018.
- Nature’s Touch (150K followers) – Deleted on June 3rd, 2018.
- Healthy Life Box (1.8M followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Healthy Food House (3.4M followers) –
- Health Awareness (2.5M followers) –
- Healthy Life And Food (350K followers) – Deleted on May 23rd, 2018.
- Check These Things (80K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Health Care Above All (90K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Health and Healthy Living (450K followers) –
- Health & Alternative Medicine (550K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Healthy Living Motivation (644K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Alternative Health Universe (420K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Natural Medicine Corner (411K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Organic Health Team (490K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Global Health Care (130K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Healthy Alternative Medicine (140K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Natural Healthy Team (190K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Organic Food Medicine (30K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Love, Health and Happiness (10K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Healthy Organic Life (25K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Healthy Lifestyle (55K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Guardian of Health (160K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Daily Health Keeper (190K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Health & Love Page (720K followers) – Deleted on June 5th, 2018.
- Diabetes Health Page (180K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- The Beauty of Power (170K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Nutrition Facts and Analysys (170K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- Deeper Perspectives (32K followers) – Deleted on June 13th, 2018.
- My Own Little World (1.5m) – Deleted on June 21, 2018
- Brighten Your Soul (100k plus) – Deleted on June 21, 2018
- Essence OF Spirit ( 12k) – Deleted on June 21, 2018
- We really like animals (544k) – Deleted on June 21, 2018
- Nature’s Majesty (191k) – Deleted on June 21, 2018
- Nature Magic (33k) – Deleted on June 21, 2018
- Floral Photobook (160k) – Deleted on June 21, 2018
Hmmm — payola from the Medical-Pharmaceutical Industry? Really, peeps. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist. Finally:
To seek popularity
has nothing whatsoever to do
with Christian Love.
To collect friends,
to collect “likes”
or seek a greater number thereof,
are abominations in the eyes of a Loving God.
(And you can put a “thus saith the Lord” on that one.)
Sure, we want to send pictures of our children and our vacation locations to close friends and family. But do we really need for a world full of child molesters, thieves, and thugs to know our whereabouts or see our children’s faces?
I knew a Christian pastor who was a “friends collector.” Last I checked (two years ago) this man had 2,617 “friends.” People would tell me: “None of Pastor C.’s friends are people to worry about.” Yet among his “friends” were hardened criminals in the community who had hit me on the head with guns and stolen my laptop.
Do you think for one minute that these criminals have Facebook accounts because they like people? Not at all. They use Facebook in order to gain information as to user’s whereabouts, track them down, rob from them, assault them, and (in some cases) kill them.
Remember, all of this started out when a badly needed demo recording of my musical Eden in Babylon was made impossible without my resuming my Facebook account only because it was the only way I could expect to get a hold of the singers I’d spent months saving up the money to hire.
And then — the evil power of Facebook prevailed over my best intentions, to this day.
Hopefully, only to this day.
Please join me in my prayer that One Day at a Time, I will never log onto Facebook again. And — while I cannot tell anyone else how to lead their Internet and device-based lives, I can only implore you all (including those in the bcc field) to consider that the words I am speaking might be the truth.
In the name of Jesus, I write. AMEN.
Grace and Peace,