I’m back finally!
I’ve been so busy with classes and work and other stuff, it always feels like blogging is at the bottom of my to-do list.
Might be a short post today anyway.
So…what should we talk about?
You know me.
Well, since I’ve been working at my college, I’ve had plenty of opportunity to meet people who have views I don’t agree with…which is a constant source of frustration.
I know that we have to allow other people to have their opinions, but they don’t seem to feel the same way. It’s annoying to be silenced so quickly if I even start to poke the big balloon of hot air that is most of the opinion people spout off.
I know the truth is never popular, but the alternative is just scary.
I guess I confuse people. I’m 24 and half and I live in a Blue state. I shouldn’t have the opinions I do. I should prefer traditional teachings to progressive ones and I shouldn’t prefer the opinion of God to the one of Man.
But the thing is, before I ever cared about fitting in with my peer group, I cared about truth.
I feel sorry for my generation, and it’s not just because of the mental health crisis, or the total depravity of sex and everything else that can be corrupted.
It’s also because I can’t imagine being raised without truth being put first and seeking out the right way to live being a priority.
What shocks me the most often about other people my age is not that they’re wrong, isn’t that to them, it doesn’t matter whether they are good or not. They have some vague sense that there is astandabe, but they prefer not to care about it.
I know that’s not new, but that it is so prevalent and no one seems to even feel the need to excuse it now, that is what’s scary.
I remember when I read the Mr. Miracle Comics by Jack Kirby, one thing that stuck out was when the character in it who ends up waking Scott Free (Mr. Miracle) up to his brainwashed existence mentions to him that he doesn’t really think or have any right to be respected because all he does is have a programmed response to be angry when someone says a certain word or phrase to him, and he doesn’t question it.
It’s interesting to think of what Kirby probably thought was a dystopian view of society becoming almost the reality for many though not all, people.
It’s not new to the world, but it is new to us to see it happen in our lifetimes, and I think it’s always shocking to those outside it just how deep it goes.
Here’s the thing, Wokeism, or whatever you want to call it, is not new.
It’s not even a creative spin on old ideas.
It’s just slapping a bunch of new labels on things that have been around for thousands of years and have always tried to defend themselves with whatever words or excuses they could.
People think that being LGBTQ supportive is a new thing, but the Greeks would use it as part of worship to gods, they’d go even further than we do–at least I hope.
And rejecting religion is nothing new, it is the movement that has happened before every single fall of a country since history began to be recorded.
Not a popular fact to point out.
What always frustrates those of us who see this happen and warn people is that no matter what we do, they will act surprised when it happens. We always think we’re so right, till we’re so wrong.
“There is a way that seems right to a man, but its end is the way of death,”
But I am learning a few things about how to reach people like this from having to work around them.
While it’s only small changes for now, it’s good to learn.
See, I also find the approach that many people on my side of the politics and faith issue take to be unsatisfying.
We condemn the people who believe these delusions for believing them, but neglect to remember that they’ve been taught only this most of their lives. That media and schools are on the side of it, and that the government itself is in the back pocket of those groups.
Considering the weight of societal pressure to agree with them, and the inability to get away from it even in our homes often enough, it’s easy to see why so many people are afraid to disagree.
Even those who have questions are afraid to voice them.
And those who scream the loudest tend to drown them out anyway.
Public protests are our right as citizens I suppose, but I don’t think they work. They might get a few people thinking, but most will only scream louder.
And now for some truth that no one on my side is going to want to hear:
In the long run, it’s not going to matter how much we protest.
The vast majority of young people are indoctrinated by the schools and don’t know how to even reason at all about what they think, because they are not taught to do so.
I live in it. I would know.
Even the critical thinking and philosophy classes at colleges are always slanted one way, usually to the Left.
I notice how the examples they gave us to analyze for logical fallacies were always very weak incomplete or even inaccurate examples of right wing thinking that wouldn’t be what was present by the most educated or well thought out speakers for the side. Probably just college level stuff by people who haven’t learned how to argue yet.
Which is fine, but then on the Left side, there’s only a very small example of fallacious logic provided and if students aren’t that hard on it, the professors often don’t care.
And if you dared to ask for errors to be found in hot topic issues…oh forget it. You’d get fired.
So let’s be realistic people, we’re not going to be able to out yell them.
The older generation is going to die out and there’s only a minority in the younger one who has different opinions, and a lot of them are too neutered by the culture to even stand up for anything, they’re afraid.
(Which is so deeply unattractive in the dating pool I might add.)
But I also don’t think being angry is going to help anything in the long run.
I’d be the first to say we all have reason to be angry. There’s never any lack of reason to be angry.
But my question is will it help?
I think that often, Left or Right, we’d really rather just be able to point at someone else and say they’re stupid and it’s all their fault, then ever try to help them.
I don’t think we need to apologize for being right, either policitally or literally, and I hate it when people do that.
But we don’t need to be arrogant about it either.
Unfortunately, I find just as many poor thinkers on my side of the issue as I do on the other side. Many very smart people buy into the Left because they have never heard the Right presented in an intelligent or compelling way.
And then you have people who are too smart to really buy it, but too well aware of the consequences of disagreeing to dare to voice that thought to anyone who does support the Left Wing agenda.
All this together means I think that we really need to reconsider our approach.
Really on either side, what good is rage doing us?
The difference is that the Left outnumbers the Right now in America at least, so they don’t need to worry about getting the power, only about keeping it and that’s why they hold us in such contempt. They know we can’t beat them by sheer force. Though they are terrified of going anywhere where we might outnumber them and then they might need a therapy session to deal with the emotional stress of being talked down to.
(If I needed therapy after every time someone disparaged my worldviews, I’d never be able to work in this country.)
Anger is justified, but it is not helpful. Foolish people know all about anger, and if you stoop to their level, they’ll drag you down with them.
I think we should be striking where these young people are actually vulnerable.
Their opinions may be strong, though ill informed, but that’s about all that is.
Once you turn someone into nothing more than a mouth for your ideology that you’re pushing them to have no choice but to believe, you take out any kind of self reliance or self respect or courage.
Anger is a poor replacement for happiness.
What’s going to get to them is not our reason or logic, because they can’t understand that, they’ve never been taught to.
But what might get through is if we’re happier and more confident people.
I’ve stood out among my peers as the person who’s sure of herself, and while some of them have openly despised me for it, they know it’s not like them.
While I never set out to really be this person on purpose, once I realized I am that person for better or worse, I had to ask why.
I consider the way I live to be normal. Trying to come to the right conclusions about things and to live in a way that promotes the most happiness in myself and the least regrets about my actions.
In other words to do as I think God has said we should do, and hope for the best, while preparing for the worst when necessary.
I never thought that was novel till I heard other people talk about their lives.
I never realized that what I believe made me happier just because I really believe it, and conviction gives you a sense of purpose that other people don’t have.
And I think I’d like to ask this generation some questions now that I feel are going unasked.
- Why do you believe what you do?
And I mean why do you really believe it?
Most of us who call ourselves born again Christians had a conversion experience where we had a realization that it was true and that we needed it or we wouldn’t be able to live freely, or live at all in some cases. So many of us are pulled back from the brink of suicide or self destructive lifestyle.
I would like to know where this is in the secular side of things. Why do you feel so strongly that it’s true.
If you had to pick a reason other than it’s what everyone teaches and supports and assumes it’s true what would you pick?
- How does your belief make you a better person?
Do your beliefs prompt you to think about who you are? Do you make people’s lives better? Would you say you’re a more gracious or forgiving person? Do you do more nice things for others? Do you defend people who are being picked on, no matter who they are or what their beliefs are?
Do you try to be fair, do you try to be honest, do you have any ideals that are about personal excellence and ot public approval?
Because it is so easy to get by in the world if you just give it lip service. It doesn’t care about your heart. The world will not be there for you if you are miserable and downcast and in financial trouble.
There’s not one jot of charity in the LGBT movement to anyone but themselves, unless it’s just as a bonus because some people in it who care about other things too (and I won’t say it’s not good when there is, it’s just rare.)
The Pride movement doesn’t promote better grades or better understanding of hard subjects. They promote acceptance, but often can’t even define what it is.
It’s more like a void is trying to be filled with morals and ethics, but when you look at it, the actual guidance for ethical living is pretty small.
3. What in your worldview tells you how to be a good person?
I mean a really good one. Not just accepting and supportive.
- What comforts you when you go through something hard? And what meaning is there in pain or suffering?
- What is the best reason to believe what you believe in?
- What should people care most about in life?
- What world would you want to grow up in, if you could?
All of these questions are the ones that we really need answered.
My conclusion is that only by teaching people love and truth together can we really teach them at all.
Truth is precious but very little valued by people unless they think it benefits them.
And my generation is practical.
They know that deviating from the norm gets you insults, ostracized, and more and more often fired and failed, if people have enough power over you.
They know also you will be publicly flogged by the media who does not care about justice or fairness or spreading kindness.
Until they want something other than the security of the world’s favor, they will never want God or even man’s wisdom.
So our best defense is, as it’s always been, living to the best of our ability to embody the principles of God’s ways and our freedom in them.
Or, if we really think we are smarter, we must try to use that to benefit other people.
As a tutor/teacher I look at students a lot who seem like idiots to me, but my job is to make them as smart as possible. Sometimes it works. Sometimes I want to cry for this generation.
But it’s for the few who we can save that we have to try.
And at least, in my faith, I have the assurance that my fate does not depend on them anyway, and the longer I live, the more glad I am of that. The world is too fickle to rely on.
People will attack me for that, but I really care very little because I know that in the long run, the world will betray them, as it always does and always has, but God will never betray me, because He is what He is.
And no that does not mean I’m never discouraged, but thank God, all my hope is not in other people.
I can’t promise you that it will get better, things usually get worse before they get better.
But I can promise you that trying to live by the world or the culture is a useless exercise, and no one can keep up with it.
Find hope in something else, and cling to it.
Until next time, stay honest–Natasha.