Brokenhearted Theology, California, Contemp Culture, Meaning, Quotes, Ramblings, Urban

Have Flappy Bird. Will Trade for Bitcoin. Meet at Dumb Starbucks. (and Other Musings on The Weird Things We Value)

It’s a strange world we live in.

Yesterday, I was walking to the library with my son to drop off a book we had borrowed (one of Mo Willems’ Pigeon books – the boy loves that pigeon). As we walked up Hillhurst, we came across a line of people.

Now, lines of people are not that unusual where I live in northeast Los Angeles.

People wait in line for movies at our single screen theater.
People wait in line for restaurant openings.
People wait in line for the morning express bus to Pasadena.
People wait in line to get into a trendy Hollywood club.

Photo Feb 09, 2 30 19 PMBut these people were lined up in front of a pop-up storefront called Dumb Starbucks. This art installation/coffee shop started by no-one-knows-who had gone viral on the web and on the sidewalk so for two+ hours, people waited in line to get inside and get a free cup of bad coffee.

And, now, one day later, people are selling their Dumb Starbucks cups on eBay.

It’s a strange world we live in. 

And it’s not just a Dumb Starbucks kind of world.

It’s the kind of world where Flappy Bird rakes in over $50,000 a day in ad revenue.

It’s the kind of world where people pay for condos and sports cars with Bitcoin.

In the world of Harry Potter, Dumbledore’s family tomb is inscribed with this quote:

Where your treasure is, your heart will be also.

Jesus said that, too, as he taught thousands who gathered on a hillside to hear him teach about a new way of living in the world as human beings.

On that mound of dirt in the middle eastern hillside, he invited the crowd gathered to consider what was truly valuable, what was worth sacrificing and laying down their life for.

I’m not sure, if we lived two thousand years ago, we’d even show up to hear that lunatic teach.

Our world – or at least my neighborhood (which includes me) – longs for and treasures Dumb Starbucks, Flappy Bird, and Bitcoin.

There, also, our bare hearts lie.

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