Sometimes, when I consider moving on from this blog to something else, I look at the number of hits the blog has received. The number just keeps increasing. It passed thirty thousand a few weeks back. I know that actually successful blogs get that many hits in an hour, but seriously…I don’t really know even 3,000 people. The little attention junky inside me gets excited as the numbers go up.
Boyd K Packer (President of the quorum of twelve apostles for the LDS church) has something to say about men getting excited:
“There is, however, something you should not do. Sometimes a young man does not understand. Perhaps he is encouraged by unwise or unworthy companions to tamper with that factory. He might fondle himself and open that release valve. This you shouldn't do, for if you do that, the little factory will speed up. You will then be tempted again and again to release it. You can quickly be subjected to a habit, one that is not worthy, one that will leave you feeling depressed and feeling guilty. Resist that temptation. Do not be guilty of tampering or playing with this sacred power of creation. Keep it in reserve for the time when it can be righteously employed.
One of you, perhaps, has not fully understood until now. Perhaps your father did not talk to you. You may already have been guilty of tampering with these powers. You may even have developed a habit. What do you do then?
First, I want you to know this. If you are struggling with this temptation and perhaps you have not quite been able to resist, the Lord still loves you. It is not anything so wicked nor is it a transgression so great that the Lord would reject you because of it, but it can quickly lead to that kind of transgression. It is not pleasing to the Lord, nor is it pleasing to you. It does not make you feel worthy or clean.
There are ways to conquer such a habit. First of all, you must leave that factory alone long enough for it to slow down. Resisting is not easy. It will take weeks, even months. But you can get the little factory slowed back to where it should be. “ – Boyd K Packer General Conference Priesthood Session, October 2, 1976
There is a bit of cold water thrown on my party when I notice how many folks get to my site by searching for pictures of Mega Shark vs. Giant Octopus or for the phrase "little Titis". The internet is a vast and immature place where viscous banal information is the undertow washing people onto its far-flung shores.
I should get with the program rather than ignoring it.
So…here is a picture of Boyd K Packer singing Kelis’s megahit: “Milkshake”.
Hollywood grew to be the most flourishing factory of popular mythology since the Greeks. -- Alistair Cooke