No offense meant to people from America, but what I am seeing on social media, memes, the 'chad/based' terminology and its intertwining with Orthodoxy is making Orthodoxy look like some movement, and it looks like it is coming and created in America. As someone who grew up in Eastern Europe for the most part, I don't see this as the spirit of Orthodoxy at all, and it is grieving me.
Yeah, part of it just hubris from the intersection of consumer and internet culture but it isn't doing anyone any favors. When you grow up Orthodox it gives off a very "uncanny valley" feeling (at least to me, like "it looks right BUT IT ISN'T RIGHT").
The vast majority of parishes aren't like this irl though, although I do live in a place with old churches so it probably varies a lot by region. Like a lot of things on the internet (or life in general), the loudest and most irritating get the most attention.
Same, that seems counterproductive lol. I think the "Death to the World" movement started in the 80s as some kind of outreach (? maybe the wrong word) to punk/subculture types. I vaguely remember in Fr. Seraphim Rose's biography that a lot of Russian diaspora priest kids in California ended up as satanists, so I don't know if there was some overlap there.Even the 'Death to the World' stuff... It's tacky.