Once again the Apple Corporation has shocked the public by this time announcing its new iPhone will not have a standard 3.5mm headphone jack. Apple, known for bucking the norm in favor of setting new trends of its own, hopes to gain back market share that it has lost to its competitors. News of this lacking feature has the tech community divided. Some applauded the decision to remove technology that is almost 100 years old while others claim the potential benefits don’t outweigh the hassle and expense of such a drastic change. It is often said that Apple is known for their ability to see into the future and develop products consumers will one day want. Pondering that statement and their recent removal should cause us pause. Is Apple really that good at predicting trends or are they better at directing consumer spending by forcing the consumer into to the company’s version of the future? Think about it, just a few years ago the Apple faithful complained about the removal of floppy drives. Now, you can’t find a computer with a floppy drive. When Apple changed out the original iPod charging cable for the new lighting cable the Apple faithful struggled to replace car chargers, extra cords at the office and speaker cradles that were now obsolete. Sure, people complained but within a few months consumers were back in line and shelling out the extra money to stay in step with the corporate drumbeat.
What’s my point? The removal of the headphone jack will cause us some inconvenience but like always we will adapt, accept it, fork over the extra money and go along with the status quo. So do you call that technology or marketing genius? To me, when you force someone to adapt that’s not really genius, more like bulling. You don’t become the most valued company in the world by providing for “the needs” of your customers. That is not forward thinking; that is looking out for number one!
Sounds a lot like those people who call themselves progressives today. They pride themselves in claiming to be forward thinkers, revolutionaries and open to all comers, when in reality they are nothing more than common bullies who prey on the weak minded and vulnerable of society. For those who question or disagree they seek to publicly shame, prosecute and destroy those who don’t change their tune and beat to the same drum. They incite public discord in an attempt to silence the opposition. Society, in general, has taken on the notion that it is easier to just go along than push back. The majority of society does not agree with their radical ideals or programs but it is much easier to just stay silent than offer any opposition. Because of this their movement has grown to something we can no longer ignore. Common sense has no bearing any longer as judges, law enforcement and those in authority bend to the minority voice in fear of losing their positon. We see it play out in our city streets, in the public school classroom and even in our professional sport teams. We see individuals acting out and then rewarded for their behavior by people who don’t want to seem out of touch or labeled as insensitive to the cause because they don’t want to lose their position in the court of public opinion. There is nothing new or innovative in their words or action and their behavior is replicated by others because it goes unchecked by a society that just doesn’t want to get involved. And because of this societal apathy one day soon the only place you’ll be able to find a pair of wired headphones is on eBay.
There was a group of men in Jesus day that had the opportunity to speak out in favor of a movement that had legitimate claim. A Jewish carpenter turned rabbi was bringing about real change that was having a positive effect on the daily lives of those He came in contact with. But the group of leaders missed their chance because in backing Him they feared their position in society would be lost. So, they sought to silence Him and those who followed. What they wound up doing was creating something more powerful than they could have ever imagined. Bullies have their place, but when God is ready to move, nothing can thwart His plan. Don’t grow weary to doing the right thing, for at the proper time you will reap a harvest if you do not give up! (Galatians 6:9)
“If we let Him alone like this, everyone will believe in Him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.” -- John 11:48
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