“Jesus is just alright with me, Jesus is just alright, oh yeah.”
Jesus Is Just Alright was first recorded in 1966, popularized by The Byrds a few years later, then made a classic rock staple by The Doobie Brothers just a few years after that.
Much has changed in the 50+ years since the song emerged.
Most of us now spend most of our days inside things that did not exist in 1966 — the Internet, the personal screen, our head.
But how are we differently alive then those before us?
I think the answer to this is less elastic than we hope to believe. I also think that humans just ten years from now, not fifty, will look back on us and find the answer is: dramatically radically profoundly different.
Everything we make from this point forward is connected, sensing, aware — alive.
How are humans differently alive?
This question will be the driving force of our culture probably for the remainder of the century.
I think I know the answer.
We can’t be faster, stronger, smarter, more logical, nor more rational than our machines — but we can be more irrational, more emotional, more outraged, more hopeful, more faithful.
We believe, which our machines never can.
“I don’t care what they may say
I don’t care what they may do
I don’t care what they may say
Jesus is just alright, oh yeah”
Atheism is on the wrong side of history.
The future is faith, religion, belief, God.
An insanely great awakening is upon us, and will touch us all.
Jesus will be viewed as far more than just alright.
“He took me by the hand. He led me far from this land.”