Eugene Cho

peeping humans

What is it about the human condition that we indulge ourselves in peeping and probing.  I understand the need for data, information, news, and entertainment but when is enough…enough? 

What is it about the human condition that we care so much random useless stuff and yet care so little about aspects of humanity that need our time, attention, money, and prayers.

What is wrong with me?

Top Searches | yesterday

Rank Subject
1
Ashley Alexandra Dupre 
2
Jenna Bush Wedding
3
American Idol
4
Spitzer Prostitute
5
Harry Potter
6
Tori Spelling
7
Eliot Spitzer
8
John Daly
9
Obama
10
America Best Dance Crew 

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15 Responses

  1. Kacy says:

    “Thats enough” now get on with this blog of which I enjoy reading very much

  2. Tyler says:

    I guess her music is being played on the radio in NYC now, and people like it.

  3. Jon says:

    That list pretty much sums up the intellectual capacity of the privileged West, doesn’t it?

    It has it all: power, sex, entertainment, idolatry, money, potter, politics, and a bush.

  4. justin says:

    10 America Best Dance Crew

    yes, it’s “entertainment”– questionable, i know. and so so trivial compared to the problems of hunger, poverty, injustice, etc…

    but (i know this will sound like “angryasianman”) asian men in the media are rare and usually depicted stereotypically– geeky, soft-spoken, accented and not american. in america’s best dance crew, 11 of the remaining 18 dancers (more than half) are asian american… three are women and eight are men. and they are portrayed as creative, athletic, powerful and cool– and they speak english fluently.

    so there’s at least a smidgen of redemptive value at the very bottom of that list…

    anyways, back to fighting the good fight, everybody…

  5. Jake says:

    As an avid nature show watcher, I’d like to blame this curiosity on our relatively close relations (biologically speaking) to monkeys. I have a feeling that if monkeys had the intellectual capacity to operate a computer, they would be really interested in all this pop culture stuff.

    I think we also like to see people who make us feel like we have it somewhat together. John Daly and Eliot Spitzer make us feel good about ourselves, because hey, were not them.

  6. Dan says:

    Oh, this is like America’s top ten search list from yesterday? I thought it was just my top-10 searches yesterday. . .

  7. For me it is pretty much because I have an empty and unsatisfying life. I am not very good lucking, painfully shy, and am flat broke. I can live vicariously through others problems and failures. It helps to give me a temporary esteem boost. Though I am a long way from self-actualization, I can forestall my misery by enjoying other’s pain.

  8. me says:

    justin: it’s hard to resist KABA – particularly as an asian-american. you’re right…not many examples of asian-americans in mainstream.

    johnnypeepers: i thought i was the only one.

  9. Squirt says:

    I’m sorry how rude people are to you. I read some comments that you have gotten on your ‘Why I Blog’ page. I say be who you want to be, and do what you please. Whatever makes you happy. I support being diverse 100%

  10. justin says:

    did my comment about dan ariely go through? if so, please pardon any duplicate entries.

    last week on npr, i heard a lecture by dan ariely, a behavioral economist, that touches on some of what we’re talking about.

    ariely noticed that the organ donation rate at the dmv varied greatly from country to country– some were over 90% while others less than 20%. he boiled it all down to how the organ donor option was worded. if it was “check here to become an organ donor” (opt-in), participation rates were low. if it was “check here if you do not want to be an organ donor” (opt-out), participation was high. basically, the applicant usually went with the “default” choice.

    he concluded that when people are confronted with a decision that involves having to think about death, suffering, loss, etc.; they get uncomfortable, choose to “ignore” the question and therefore end up with the default.

    everyday, we all have the choice to think, pray, give, serve, love…
    we can choose to participate in eradicating hunger, disease, poverty, injustice…
    but, sadly, it’s just easier and more pleasant to pick up the remote and entertain ourselves.

  11. me says:

    bizarre but several folks have emailed saying that their comments aren’t being published.

    it’s not me folks…

  12. びっくり says:

    I feel much better now.

    1. Never hear of Ms. Dupre
    2. Didn’t realize Jenna was getting married… congratulations!
    3. Heard of American Idol, but have never seen it. Is it still on the air?
    4. What is a Spitzer Prostitute, are they from a region in Germany?
    5. HP – I read the first two books and watched the first two movies. The author wrote interesting vignettes, but the story wasn’t cohesive. Disappointingly, it also generated a world view in which certain practices were simultaneously labeled as evil and yet tolerated. (When I bring this up, the fans jump down my throat.) Finally, the second movie turned much darker, and both movies deviated critically from the books. I dropped the books and movies after that.
    6. Tori Spelling. I know this one. She was an actress in the 80s, who got jobs because her father was producing all the T&A exploitation comedies/dramas. But she must be retired now…
    7. Eliot Spitzer – dunno who that is, but I’ll assume he (she) is related to the German prostitutes mentioned above.
    8. Jon Daily – seen clips on the news. Not funny. Not cohesive. Not worth watching.
    9. Obama – He’s the next president of the US, right? Unfortunately, he’s the one pushing “a change we can stand for”, but he hasn’t defined what that change is. I guess what he’s saying is that we can stand for unknown change. Probably not far from the truth, because we shifted to Republicans 7 years ago and got fiscally irresponsible behavior.
    10. American Band Dance Club – Is that the same as American Bandstand???

    Certainly there is a lot of life to be lived, and we should be out doing it.

  13. “when is enough… enough?”

    answer: when we’ve actually convinced ourselves that we’ve had “enough”

    i can’t talk because i’m trying to keep up with American Idol. Hoping Jason Castro will make it to the end. I’m sooo bad. 😉

  14. Jeff says:

    I feel bad but who in the heck is Tori Spelling?

  15. A.Ho says:

    curiosity…my friend….
    danny noriega came up as one of the most popular search terms for the past few days for my blog….

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Back safely from Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. Thanks for your prayers. 
I have numerous stories to share but for now, the following came up in every conversation with Iraqi/Syrian refugees:

1 Have tea with us. Or coffee. Or juice. Or something with lots of sugar in it. Or better yet, all of the above.
2 We want peace. We want security. 
3 We hate ISIS. 
4 We just want to go home.
5 Please don't forget us.

Please don't forget them... Father, please bless and protect these Iraqi and Syrian "refugee" children that have already endured so much. Protect their hearts and mind from unfathomable trauma. Plant seeds of hope and vision in their lives. And as we pray for them, teach us how to advocate for them. Amen. "We don't call them refugees. We call them relatives. We don't call them camps but centers. Dignity is so important." -  local Iraqi priest whose church has welcomed many "relatives" to their church's property

It's always a privilege to be invited into peoples' home for tea - even if it's a temporary tent. This is an extended Yezidi family that fled the Mosul, Iraq area because of ISIS. It's indeed true that Christians were targeted by ISIS and thatbstory muat be shared but other minority groups like the Yezidis were also targeted. Some of their heartbreaking stories included the kidnapping of their sister. They shared that their father passed away shortly of a "broken heart." The conversation was emotional but afterwards, we asked each other for permission to take photos. Once the selfies came out, the real smiles came out.

So friends: Pray for Iraq. Pray for the persecuted Church. Pray for Christians, minority groups like the Yezidis who fear they will e completely wiped out in the Middle East,, and Muslims alike who are all suffering under ISIS. Friends: I'm traveling in the Middle East this week - Iraq, Lebanon, and Jordan. (Make sure you follow my pics/stories on IG stories). Specifically, I'm here representing @onedayswages to meet, learn, and listen to pastors, local leaders, NGOs, and of course directly from refugees from within these countries - including many from Syria.

For security purposes, I haven't been able to share at all but I'm now able to start sharing some photos and stories. For now, I'll be sharing numerous photos through my IG stories and will be sharing some longer written pieces in couple months when ODW launches another wave of partnerships to come alongside refugees in these areas. Four of us are traveling together also for the purpose of creating a short documentary that we hope to release early next year.

While I'm on my church sabbatical, it's truly a privilege to be able to come to these countries and to meet local pastors and indigenous leaders that tirelessly pursue peace and justice, and to hear directly from refugees. I've read so many various articles and pieces over the years and I thought I was prepared but it has been jarring, heartbreaking,  and gut wrenching. In the midst of such chaos, there's hope but there's also a lot of questions, too.

I hope you follow along as I share photos, stories, and help release this mini-documentary. Please tag friends that might be interested.

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Special thanks to @worldvisionusa and @worldrelief for hosting us on this journey. 9/11
Never forget.
And never stop working for peace.

Today, I had some gut wrenching and heart breaking conversations about war, violence, and peacemaking. Mostly, I listened. Never in my wildest imagination did I envision having these conversations on 9/11 of all days. I wish I could share more now but I hope to later after I process them for a few days.

But indeed: Never forget.
And never stop working for peace.
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