The Internet. A virtually limitless platform capable of magnifying the best of human ingenuity…and the worst. Among the often-overwhelming online darkness, there are little sanctuaries of light.
The subreddit r/wholesome is a forum reserved for sharing that which is not just good, but very good. The memes and videos shared there are connected because they all present goodness that demands to be called “wholesome” rather than simply “nice.” Users are quick to defend the legacies of Bob Ross, Steve Irwin and Mister Rogers. Stories of selfless love and childlike innocence garner the most attention.
In the otherwise cyber-tsunami of chaos, users treasure the pearls of goodness they find as they surf along, and protecting them jealously.
Why the uncharacteristic defense of the wholesome in otherwise treacherous waters?
Because we need it.
We carve out coves of safety because we’re wired for it. We seek to protect and revel in that which is innocent and sweet for the same reason we’re hesitant to put down a good book or say goodnight to the perfect day: we thirst for goodness. More than that, we long for an authentic joy on which the sun cannot set — an eternal goodness. We were made for more than what this world alone can offer us. True goodness, like truth and beauty, leads us back to Heaven, to God.
But our world has muddled good and evil, and so many of us are lost. We can find ourselves neglecting priceless gems to hoard fool’s gold. In losing a sense of goodness, we’ve lost ourselves. The great gift of Theology of the Body is that it has the power to recalibrate us to reality.
Embodied seeks to reconnect its audience with that which is good, true, and beautiful and illuminate yet another step on the pathway to Heaven. But we can’t do it without people stepping up and helping us launch by subscribing. And telling others about our Fundly campaign.
Do your part today and more goodness will be in your mailbox soon.