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Friday, October 22, 2010

Amusing Ourselves to Death

In August, 2005, a South Korean man identified to the press only as “Lee”, sat down at a computer in an internet café to play video games. For the next 50 hours, he played almost non-stop. He played until he died.

Lee’s mother had sent former work collegues to find him, after he had not returned home. They found him in the cyberspace café and relayed his mother’s message. He replied that he would finish the game and then return home. He passed away a few minutes later.

Heart failure was the culprit. Lee’s death became an international sensation. "We presume the cause of death was heart failure stemming from exhaustion," a provincial police official from Lee’s South Korean province stated.

When I think of Lee, I think of how his life, and death, are warnings to us. As Paul wrote, “Learn to appreciate and give dignity to your body, not abusing it, as is so common among those who know nothing of God” (I Thess. 4:4-5.) THE MESSAGE

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