I took a few weeks off since my last posts did not do so well, so this time I thought I’d talk about a different subject.
I also have a new laptop, so that’s exciting, nice to have keys that don’t stick..
I’ve been watching some tik toks, as I mentioned in my last post, and been frustrated with how people respond to these issues, but let’s talk about that term for a second.
You ever notice how everything is an issue now?
In the past century, we started using language like this, but they called it “problems” “dilemmas” “Crisis” “matters” and so on.
Now we call it “issues,” “injustice” “Inequality” and so on.
Before the modern and post Modern era, people usually just called it “doing good” and “doing evil.”
Being fair, and being unfair.
I mean, the difference matters. We don’t just call things right and wrong anymore, we call them “issues.”
Issues can be problems without being good or bad, really. What’s an issue for one person is a selling point for another.
Abortion is an “issue” but it has two sides. People don’t call it a moral question anymore.
It’s not really a question, anyway.
Back wehn C. S. Lewis was writing, as well as his peers, in the 1900s, they noticed that things were shifting away from the acknowledgment of truth. Things were not “good or bad” “true or false” anymore, they were “honorable” “brave” “intellectual” and all that other crap.
Not that those qualities are not real, but how can a theory be brave or honorable? It’s a theory. A thought process. Either it is true, so it’s useful, or it’s false, so it’s useless.
Now, as I study this stuff, I’ve noticed that Lewis was, as usual, 100% right about that. But what many people do not realize is that Millennials and Gen Z are now living in the aftermath of it.
A lot of people in their 40s or 50s, or older, imagine that the debate we’re having in society is still about right and wrong, but the truth is, it left off being about that a long time ago.
And if those people would ever bother actually talking to a young person seriously about what they believe, they’d see that for themselves.
I realized it when I began trying to teach and discuss things with my younger cousins, (Gen Z) and people at my college (Millennials). I can’t begin from the premise that something is right or wrong, and win the argument.
My cousins will be more concerned with what is socially acceptable, what is tolerant, and what is inclusive. If I say that it’s “wrong” they may admit it, but feel it is still their civilian duty to support people making their own choices, even if they are bad ones.
And you’ll find that thinking all over movies and shows now.
I mean, I’m sure Hollywood would like us to support them making their own choices, even if they are bad ones, so they can keep making porn, exploiting child actors, and doing drugs without suffering the consequences for it the rest of us do… I mean sure, let’s pay them millions of dollars a year to make their own choices.
I wish I got paid to do that.
But I digress.
So yeah, “right or wrong” no longer cuts it.
The operation to remove men’s chests, as Lewis put it, was largely successful. People’s heads are disconnected from the rest of them, and once they were, everything became about what sounds good, and what seems tolerant.
If you ask a kid or young adult now to give you a concrete reoans, outside of social norms, to support any of the SJW causes out there, they will not have one. I’ve tried, believe me, but you see, having a good reason no longer matters.
You are either in this crowd, or you aren’t.
The same with the tribalism that is retaking this culture. Nevermind if the tribes of the ethnic groups we are supporting, even did good things. They could have slaughtered each other, kidnapped children and women and raped them, or eaten people, and we’re still supposed to be proud of it and not call it out.
I thought progress was being able to admit your ancestors made mistakes, and try to correct them, not to say they were right in their own way.
Oh right, if you’re white you have to admit they made mistake, but every other race except Jews and Europeans can take pride in their culture.
I’m not even 100% white, but I don’t really care, I think that my European heritage is still cool. And my non European heritage is also cool. Not all of it, but no one’s history is pure at all times. That’s not really the point.
Man, the next time someone blames white people for slavery, I’d just like to ask what they think the fist modern culture to put laws in place to abolish slavery was…because here’s a hint, it was not a black or Asian or native American culture.
Leaving that where it is, let’s move on.
While I can give an opinion on these issues, it’s not really the point of what I’m saying. The point is, this is what we distract ourselves with these days.
Because we made it impossible for people to believe in absolute truth, they had to find a substitute cause to live for, and Tribalism, of all sorts, is the only one bigger than themselves.
So here we are, America is divided, and other nations are getting more and more divided also. It’s not that this problem is exclusive to America. But I do see it up close and personal here.
I really wonder, at times, how people in my generation, and the ones above and below it, can be so clueless.
No one else seems to realize that all this is by and large, a massive waste of our time.
Let’s assume we achieve Social Equality…whatever that is.
Everyone has the exact same rights. And it’s not the pseudo Equality that really means oppressing White people and men, but actual Equality, which says we’ll all be treated fairly.
we’ve made perfect society–allegedly, assuming an Equal Society is perfect, and doesn’t have the same inherent flaws every other man made system will have.
(One obvious one being that no one can be special or unique anymore, so we are all replaceable)
Now we’re can ll live in harmony, right?
How long do you expect that to last?
And when is enough enough for reformers? Progressives? What is the cut off point? When can we stop fighting with each other? When will you be satisfied?
Assuming you ever get there, human reforms last, on average, less than 50 years in their pure state, usually a shorter time than that, before things get twisted by corrupt people who manipulate the system.
I’d give in one decade at most before it all goes to pot, and that’s being generous.
And once that happens, what will you do? Your old methods will not work, they will only strengthen the problem. The corruptors will know how to twist it to their advantage. Will you have any new ideas? Any sources to turn to?
I notice that a lot of people who care about Social Justice now, they want to force all of us to conform to their standards. For now, that’s what they think is best.
But the kicker is, if you force someone else to do what you want, someday, you will be forced to do what you don’t want. You get what you give, karma’s a real B— as they say.
If you lie, you’ll be lied to. If you steal, you’ll be stolen from. If you kill, someone will kill you. And if you enslave someone else to your whims, you will eventually be enslaved to someone else’s.
Or do you really think the people who agree with you will stay in power forever?
What I’m asking any potential progressive reading this is to be honest. Do you think Progressivism is going to last?
If the answer is, realistically, it won’t, because nothing does, then I ask you next:
What will you do when it passes? When the control swings back to people who are not Conservative, but are something else entirely. If you destroy people’s right to choose now, by removing the laws, and protections that allow people you don’t like to defy your ideas–then when they come for you, when you’re the minority again, when you’re the outdated philosophy, and there’re no laws in place to protect you from just being shot for it, is it going to be worth it to you?
“First they came for the socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.
Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.”– Martin Niemöller
You stuck to your guns at the cost of taking away all of ours, and when we are unable to defend your rights, or our own, because you sacrifice us on your alter of Progress, will you blame us still? Or will you realize it was your choice.
You see, it’s all just a little too unrealistic to me.
Even if the Left gets what they want, and they probably will, for a while. It won’t last.
Tyrants always put on the social justice thing like a hat, and they take it off as soon as it suits them.
Chairman Mao marketed himself as China’s deliverer from oppression of landlords (read: Capitalists), then once everything bought it (or didn’t buy it, as they were broke), he stripped the nation of all it’s wealth, on the grounds that it was wrong to own capital.
Think someone taking away your computer, car, fancy equipment, streaming services, all of it. Leaving you only the devices that will stream propaganda into your home.
And people bought it, but Mao was just another dictator abusing his people, and when it all came out, they were devastated. And morally bankrupt.
What I do not understand about my generation, is that even if you tel them this, they think it doesn’t matter. If you explain to the Liberals what happens if you follow their methods, they do not care. To them, their goals are all important. Even if they burn down society to achieve them. In fact, they applaud that sentiment.
If you destroy the system that gave you a choice, then what will stop someone else from destroying you?
The rioting of this and last year is all great if it’s for a cause you like–what about when it’s for a cause you don’t?
And it weill be, sooner or later.
I know it’s not apruap opion, at least on socoal mediea, to say all this, but it sem to me no one really askes thse wuiet nayore.
I mean, Conservatives aren’t helping ourselves a whole lot with our approach. We just tell them they are wrong, and everything wrong with this country.
Even if that were true, that’s not going to change anything. I’ve gotten farther asking people the real questions. Asking them what’s behind what they think.
People are honestly surprised when I do.
I’m not an expert on every political issue, and I don’t really think I need to be. People my age mostly aren’t, I don’t knew to know the facts about it all to explain the holes in their logic, I just need to know enough to know there are holes.
And in my own, no doubt.
I’m perfectly aware that Capitalism, and Conservatism are not perfect. I know the are not upheld in ideal ways.
But my real problem with the Left is that, they thing they are perfect. They think there are no flaws in their own side.
It’s not just the left, a lot of people on the Right are the same.
And we can just argue and argue until we destroy ourselves, and that will happen, no doubt, sooner or later.
So, in the meantime, what can we do?
The pride and arrogance of the world, is not rally surprising I suppose. It’s always like this.
I think God warned us not to put our stock in worldly ideas because He knows that the world changes every half century or so. New fads come in, new empires rise, and if we build our lives around the one we lived in, we’ll suffer the most when it changes.
The first Christians knew that, and they were too busy being persecuted to really have much room for worldliness in a lot of place,s but they were still warned about it.
So what do we do?
I’ve found it more helpful to my mental state, as well as my life in general, to read theology and Spiritual writings, rather than political ones.
My generation almost doesn’t know the names of the great Moralists and Theologians of the past anymore. We don’t think it matters.
But if you want my two cents, that’s where our Salvation is.
Our Salvation is in God, naturally, but it’s the older writers who had the better understanding of Him, by and large.
There’s a few modern writers who have a clue, mostly because they read the old ones.
I’m not saying we can’t know God, but the trouble is, thanks to our culture, the Desire to know God is much smaller than it used to be.
Even in the Church, we’re drowned out by the buzz of Social Justice.
Thank goodness, not everywhere.
If I were any of you, I’d be paying more attention to the stuff that’s coming out of countries where Christians are persecuted a lot more than here. They”ll be the most clear sighted, because if you might die for it, you’re going to be pretty sure God is real, and Jesus is His Son.
We in the West should remember that we don’t own Christianity. And that it is the obligation of the Church globally to support each other. What our brothers and sisters in the East and Middle East and South understand about God would change us. While we are supposed to offer them our help and protection as much as we can. God set it up that way, but we mostly forget about it.
I’m not against chilling with the internet when you need a break, but we need to find other ways to relax too.
Get our minds off the immediate flow of ideas that is this culture, and on to idea that took years to develop by a lot wiser people than us.
It’s biblical you know, to pay attention to the wisdom of the past.
We’re taught to despise the past now, but they had their good ideas. And remember, some day someone will mock you the same way you mock them. It’s the change of times. Always.
Personally, I just hope I live to see it, myself. It seems cathartic to me. But then again, there’s no guarantee the future will be less frustrating. Which is why focus on God is the most sensible thing to do.
A lot of people are depressed because they focus on how evil other people are.
Newflash: Mankind has been evil since the Fall. It’s not new. You think it’s bad now, read the story of Lot sometime.
Or any of the Prophetic books of he bible.
Or a history of the Roman Empire…
The old sages told us to focus on Heaven, on God, on the hereafter, because they knew the world changed too fast, and yet, it never changes at all. Idealists and Reformers always end up disappointed in the end if they don’t learn to accept that truth.
And we never accomplish our full goals as humans, we really don’t know what we want. We can do our best.
It seems I always end with the same thought.
But there is really no other answer. If I didn’t have God, I really thing I’d be crazy by now. I’m one of those people who’s prone to take all this stuff really seriously, and only my Faith gave me a sense of humor about it enough to put down the weight of the world, and accept that I can’t singlehandedly control things.
I suggest the attitude to anyone getting overwhelmed by all this.
Until next time, stay honest–Natasha
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