YO(How)LO(Will U Go)?

Have you noticed that YOLO–the newest variant of our youth-oriented-society’s anthem–does more to stand for nothing more than it does to stand for something?

By saying, “YOLO!” we are making an admission of how senseless we are willing to live. (“Yo, it’s cool, I was just looking for a high!”)

We are confessing that we have made a leave-of-sanity and we need no excuse to maintain this state. (“After all, what’s life about if it’s not for wasting! I don’t want anyone to tell me what my life is supposed to be–I can make it whatever feels good to me.”)

Think of the occasions in which YOLO–You Only Live Once– is used:

It is a reason for driving the car through the garage door because, if I don’t, how will I ever know what that feels like?

It is a frame of mind that compels me to not waste time doing what only normal people do when I can be seeking out exhilaration in the form of binge-drinking, stifling every moral inclination and undoing my potential for greatness by merely settling for being startlingly cool.

It’s the avoidance of committing ourselves to the pursuit of a significant life legacy that we might, instead, be in favor of an easily-earned stupidity award!

The wonder of YOLO’s popularity is that, as humans, we don’t find it hard to act out a tragic misuse of our lives. Sad to say, even all by ourselves we’ve got that mission down pat! What we really need is wisdom, to seek to have our desires transformed, until we set ourselves on only the purest forms of good.

If you’re backing away from your computer or iPhone/iTouch/iPad as you read this, hold on! I’m not against fun and I’m not trying to condemn the enjoyment of oneself. Those things are part of what we were designed to experience as humans–God wanted them to be a part of who we are and how we live our lives.

It’s just that, contrary to what most of us think of ourselves, we don’t really know how to play to the full or enjoy pleasure in a lasting way. We have a relentless obsession with happiness that is only skin deep, recognition that lasts almost as long as a wisp of cotton candy once put in our mouths and substances that enable our souls to know peace only to the extent that they can successfully diminish our senses.

If we really knew what God intended to forever belong to our souls, we wouldn’t give YOLO a second thought. Rather, our steadfast conviction would be that YLAL is the fullness of human delight and significance: You Lord Are Life.

4 thoughts on “YO(How)LO(Will U Go)?

  1. I think this is a really interesting post. Despite being in the age group that uses, “YOLO” the most, I never say it. This is mainly because I simply find it annoying! Thank you for this post as I had never considered YOLO to be anything more than just… being silly. However, what if someone uses the idea that we only live once as a reason to fulfill God as much as possible?

    Also, I am going to follow your blog. My blog is about religion and faith’s effects on society with an emphasis on the need to promote dialogue. Therefore, I am always looking for blogs that add to that discussion!

    1. It can be used in pretty silly contexts, but it saddens me how deeply this expression is rooted in lost souls. I used it once with my family in a humorous way. I’ve been having trouble sleeping for the past 2 months and when they ribbed me about it, I said, “You know, I figured, life is so short I might as well cut out sleeping so I can get more done–YOLO!” Needless to say, they were quite surprised at me! 🙂

      I do like your suggestion of using the YOLO idea as motivation for serving Christ. Maybe we could turn this on its head?! (One of us should go prompt a Christian tshirt company to do something with this! 🙂

      I’m glad you found me and thanks for following. I appreciate your encouragement very much. I will be checking out your blog shortly. 🙂

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