by Temerity Forthright
Rome is burning and Americans are caught up in an imaginary game called “Pokémon Go.”
The game is based on the Japanese Pokémon fad that was all the rage in the late 1990s. There were Pokémon cards, games, merchandise, and even a 1998 movie based on 151 animated characters. That movie grossed over $10 million on opening weekend.
As the greatest civil unrest in America since the early 1960s explodes in cities across the nation, adults are suspending reality and diving into the imaginary world of the Pokémon Go game. Within 24 hours of the game’s July 6th launch Pokémon Go became the App Store’s top download, with over 7.5 million users.
The Nintendo game is played using a free app available on iOS and Android devices. Similar to Geocaching, Pokémon Go leads users on a scavenger hunt using GPS to find and capture the little creatures that appear on the screen.
Pokémon Go is an “Augmented Reality” game. AR is defined as a live direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment whose elements are augmented (or supplemented) by computer-generated sensory input such as sound, video, graphics, or GPS data. In other words, it suspends reality and supplants it with imaginary information.
Rioting is spreading in cities across America. It’s open season on law enforcement officers. There is a presidential election in less than four months. The Constitution is being assaulted at every turn. Public officials have lost the trust of the American people. Politicians have brought the business of America to a virtual standstill. The president foments racial tension in every speech. U.S. foreign policy has left us with fewer allies and more enemies. Terrorism, foreign and domestic, is on the rise. And people are playing imaginary games.
Those who play Pokémon Go don’t even win prizes, but the earn “experience points.” Really?
There are websites that explain in excruciating detail how to play the game, lure and capture Pokémon, gain experience points, and evolve to higher levels. There is actually an aspect of the game that allows players to incubate and hatch eggs. I’m not making this up!
We don’t need to suspend reality, we need a dose of reality. How long are we willing to listen to political rhetoric that stirs up racial tension instead of bringing people together?
How many times are we going to vote for politicians who have their own agendas and not American interests at heart? When will we refuse to accept Executive and Judicial overreach?
At what point will Americans of faith act on their beliefs instead of just listening to someone preach about it on Sunday? When will we decide that the Constitution is worth preserving as we watch it being eroded away?
What will it take to open our eyes to see that Islamic terrorists want to destroy us as a people and a nation? When will we stop being intimidated by agenda-driven politicians and leaders who seek to pressure and shame us into submission?
When will we stand side by side with law enforcement officers and show solidarity and support? When will we realize that the greatest loss of black lives in America is not at the hands of police, but at the hands of other blacks?
Who will call for the protection of life after conception while we hear about the skyrocketing abortion rates? People are willing to save Pokémon animated characters, but not human lives!
Pokémon Go – No! American Values – Yes!