America is alive and well and hope is springing.
I find it very ironic and appalling that you continue to reinforce this "us" vs "them" mentality...namely leftists, homosexuals, etc...
What about us being the UNITED states of America, and being willing to work together!
Why don't you pray for Obama and all the "leftists", etc...rather than continue to spout your veiled hatred.
We are the future and your old, archaic, "right wing, conservative, uber religious" views are hurting more than helping. /irony
I pray for Mr. Obama every day, as I'm sure all Catholics do. I wonder if you do? Or, a more appropriate parallel, I wonder if you pray for all those "old, archaic, right wing, conservative, uber religious" people you have judged so harshly and believe so filled with hatred? Would you? Would you pray for me? Will you pray for me?
I mentioned in one of my prior posts to you that one of the things I find oddest about so many in your generation is how you're fighting not your own generation's actual battles but rather the battles of your parents' and your grandparents' generations' battles. I wonder if you understood what I meant by that?
Your posts reminded me of when I was your age. In fact, I even went and pulled an old picture of me during my young radical Marxist atheist days and made it my avatar. That's me over there, sitting in my college student newspaper headquarters back in the late 70s, writing yet another protest column about what I too called "old, archaic, right wing, conservative, uber religious views" and which I too believed so destructive back then. (How 'bout that afro? A lady I used to babysit for, a hairdresser, recommended that and I kept it for quite a few years.
Like you, I thought Marxism, socialism, structuralism, post-modernism - were all a "new" way of thinking that represented the future. And religion!? Oh boy, I could write reams about what I and my cohorts thought about the opiate of the masses!
But a funny thing happened as I stopped one day and began to really take a look around me. A funny thing happened when I stopped and asked myself, "Wait a minute, what are these categories of analysis I'm using to understand things? Where did they come from? What's my starting point? What's my end point?"
A few things startled me and one of them was this realization: Marxism, socialism - those are really 19th century Victorian ideas. Sure - they had their origins and early manifestations in prior historical time periods, as did capitalism. But they were really developed in the 19th century in response to other 19th century events and developments. And more than anything, I realized, they were - in and of themselves - part and parcel of the 19th century way of thinking.
Ever hear of a physicist by the name of Fritjof Capra? There's a lot he says and believes that I don't buy, but he wrote a book called "The Turning Point" that I think amazing in many ways and on many levels. It has to do with a transition from what he calls, if I remember correctly, the 19th century "mechanistic" way of thinking to the more 20th century "wholistic" way of thinking. That book drove home more than anything else I read at that time just how antiquated and "archaic" were all those things I was thinking so "revolutionary."
I don't believe the things you're calling "the future" are the future at all, Brandon. I think you're actually very much stuck in the past. I think my generation was taken for a ride, but I don't think the ride we were taken for is anywhere near the ride your generation is being taken for. My generation came up with the "Question Authority" mantra but what we questioned was indeed the "Authority" at the time: the powerful institutions of Government, Church, State. We were told to honor and obey those institutions. Instead we questioned and challenged them. Your generation didn't come up with "Question Authority" - your generation has been raised on and fed a daily diet of that very concept. The difference is you haven't been raised to question the true Authority today but rather those parts of it that were most weakened by my generation: the Church, Parents. Does the Church have any real Authority over you, Brandon? Of course it doesn't. Unless you agree to accept that Authority, it has none. It can propose what it believes is Truth but neither you nor anyone else has to submit to any of it. Do your parents have true Authority over you anymore? Call a local social service or family social service center and give it a test. See how powerful your parents really are over you versus, say, the One True Authority today: the State. The Government.
That's the real irony, Brandon. The All Powerful State has presented itself to you as your friend. It has raised you through its public union servants called teachers to believe that when you "challenge" its only real challengers (parents, the Church), that you're being really "revolutionary" and "forward thinking". That's what Dan means when he uses the Leninist term "useful idiot." The ever increasingly powerful State - best represented today by the Democratic Party (though most Republicans are right there with it) - is the real Authority and its power to enter into your life, and really, actually control you is expanding every day. And it is using you as its agent, all the while letting you believe you are attacking "Authority."
If you really think you're the future, spend some time reading some books like "Brave New World" and "Animal Farm" and give yourself an opportunity to see just where you really fit in the battle between the "old" and the "future."
There's an old saying: "He who marries the 'spirit of the age' will find himself a widow in the next."
There's only one Truth and it doesn't change from age to age. It is what it is. And it is calling you to something higher and something real.
God bless you, Brandon and please don't forget to pray for me as I will pray for you!