You have, however, had a bacterial infection that left festering sores around your mouth, but that wasn’t COVID; just think how bad things might have been if you had gotten COVID, too! You notice that you have a hard time interacting with people in public—everyone seems so distant and confused—but, again, it’s logical. They are afraid of getting sick; of course they can’t take time to read each other’s facial expressions from behind a mask. There was that time you nearly got into a car accident when a driver in front of you passed out and swerved into ongoing traffic, but that was just one incident, nothing to be concerned about.
How to explain this new energy? It feels like becoming one with the universe. As if you have ascended to a new level of understanding by wearing your rainbow mask. You sit in lotus now for hours on end—it’s easier, not being able to breathe much—and feel your consciousness lifted up into the aether. (You have been reading about aether—it is the medium for carrying the electromagnetic waves.) Whereas previously you felt yourself cut off and alone, now it is as if you have joined in the harmony of the cosmos. You feel “with it” in a way you have not felt since you danced the Time Warp in the movie theater and sang along with Dr. Frank-n-Furter in antici...
“The electric light is pure information,” as Marshall McLuhan famously said. More to the point: it is quite literally Luciferian—light-bearing. In McLuhan’s words:
There is no harm in reminding ourselves from time to time that the “Prince of this World” is a great P.R. man, a great salesman of new hardware and software, a great electrical engineer, and a great master of the media. It is His master stroke to be not only environmental but invisible, for the environment is invincibly persuasive when ignored.
As McLuhan realized even before the invention of the Internet, we live in an electric environment of communication and have since the invention of the telegraph. This environment is characterized above all by its speed. Communication at the speed of light is instantaneous, global, and overwhelming, so much so that people are generally terrified, even as they are unaware of this environment. Even when your internet is slow, you are affected by the speed at which information travels—thus the frustration at not being able to connect.
In this electric world, we eat, drink, and breathe the speed of light—like angels, or demons. Again, in McLuhan’s words:
When you are on the air you are, in a way, everywhere at once. Electric man is a “super angel.” When you are on the telephone you have no body. And, while your voice is there, you and the people you speak to are here, at the same time. Electric man has no bodily being. He is literally dis-carnate.
Note, again, that McLuhan died in 1980—long before the explosion of the Internet or the invention of the smartphone. And yet, here we are, surrounded as never before by artificial light, our faces continuously bathed in the light of our screens. How could we not be affected by this environment?
It is fashionable among the traditionalists and other denizens of the not-mainstream-Internet to make fun of the wild hair colors and other bodily ornaments of the so-called mainstream Left. “Look, Clown World!” goes up the cry, with the subtext, “Can these people not see how ridiculous they look with their multicolored hair, rainbow masks, and facial piercings? Why would you mark yourself with the colors of poisonous frogs when you could wear instead the colors with which you were born?!” And, indeed, they’re not wrong—except that they, too, are infected by the Light.
And the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us (and we saw his glory, the glory as it were of the only begotten of the Father), full of grace and truth. —John 1:14
No wonder we are so reluctant to take them off!
Quotations by Marshall McLuhan taken from The Medium and the Light: Reflections on Religion, edited by Eric McLuhan and Jacek Szklarek (Eugene, Oregon: Wipf & Stock, 1999).
Cartoons by Bitmoji. For those concerned that Bitmoji’s only Christmas mask is a tree, reminder that the Tree of Lights is an image of Our Lady, an appropriate mask for those of us who serve Him through our devotion to His Mother.