I never wanted to rant about Pokemon GO, believe me. Until recently, my stance on this augmented reality game was like the Left’s on guns: I’ve never tried it, people who participate terrify me, and I’m pretty sure the activity is dangerous.
That is until a friend of mine sent me a photo of herself wandering through Toronto on a mission to find the game’s imaginary animals. Her photo was accompanied by the words, “Pokemon is taking over my life.”
My friend is a smart woman, university educated, fiercely opinionated, a white collar professional. And yet, here she was, a forty year old, spending her summer days roaming the streets like some sort of vagrant, addicted to “catching” cartoon characters.
Grown adults just like her, by the millions, are staring at their phones, collecting digital creatures. It’s perfectly apocalyptic.
But it’s also the latest example of our focus on digital distractions rather than other human beings and the pressing problems of the world.
NEXT: The contrast between that topic and my next one couldn't be greater.
I had the great honour of talking with Archbishop Bashar Warda of Erbil, Iraq. He's made a rare trip to Canada to raise the alarm about the genocide of Christians taking place within his archdiocese.
He tells me the real story about what life is like for Christians in the so-called Islamic State, and why Justin Trudeau needs to start focusing our taxpayer dollars on those in the region who need it most.
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