I just read a great quote on BeautyBeyondBones, I don’t know who said this but “Speak the truth, even when your voice trembles.”
Amen to that, actually, amen to the whole post. But as much as the idea of alien’s replacing God is interesting to me, it’s not my forte.
To be honest, I don’t really watch or read that stuff. Except for C. S. Lewis’s space trilogy, which should be read more, I think.
I do have something on my mind today.
You know what’s cool now? Being Unique. Being your own self.
You know what’s not cool? Being different.
That sounds like it would be the same thing, but it’s not.
Here’s a trend I notice, it’s okay to be true to yourself, and to have your own tastes, so long as though tastes fit the cultural norm.
A teen can have a unique taste in music, so long as it’s modern music. Or a flair for singing, drama, playing music, sports, art, or academics, and that’s okay; but a flair for leadership, making speeches, writing, reading, or anything religious of any sort, that’s ignored or given a passing nod.
It seems to be this whole follow your dream idea is pretty exclusive when it comes to examples.
But that’s not even the real problem.
What I see is that these sources all seem to suggest that teens are all the same. They all care about these things, the few who don’t usually will. Though sometimes that’s a whole story in of itself.
I also notice that while we’re encouraged not to care what anyone thinks of us, that is completely flipped around when the person in question is opinionated. That person always needs to lighten up, seems to be the message. After all, no one likes someone who goes around challenging the people are around them. It’s just a party killer. And we all know, parties are more important than whatever lame issue the uptight person is concerned about. (Can you feel the sarcasm in my words?)
There are those who can never be pleased with anything, I’m not talking about that type of person.
I mean the forgotten man. The person who had deep beliefs and is deeply moral, and who is just trying to live up to that.
Actually, according to these media sources, living up to standards set by someone else is actually a bad thing. (It couldn’t just be that some people set unreasonable standards and should be challenged on that.)
Well, the Youth of America at least have bought this crud. Like most bad ideas, it’s a good idea with a little bit pf poison mixed in. But that poison has spread.
If you so much as express a different point of view, you will get shut down with “Everyone’s different.”
Which is another way of saying no one is. As Dash points out.
Of course, if being special really is the cause of all society’s problems, then it’s a good thing we’re teaching everyone that no one is better than them. Even if they’re monsters, they’re still as good as anyone else. (Heck, they’ll get their own TV Show about it.)
But I just have to ask, if we’re telling all the kids that they each deserve the same thing, then isn’t that probably the reason they all feel so entitled to things they never earned.
Some things cannot be earned: Love, Mercy, the right to choose our attitude. The right to be happy. These are given.
But those are about it. The rest of life is about what you put in being what you get out. To say otherwise is to lie to people.
Even more than that, the lie itself is really two lies. Not everyone is different just because they are unique.
IT is true, no two people are just alike. But whether someone is actually different is up to them.
The ideal world would be one where we were all the same in regards to how good we were, and all different in regrades to how we expressed ourselves.
But right now, it’s not like that. WE are not all the same in what we deserve. We are not all different from each other in how we choose to live.
See, the normal state of our culture is to be pluralistic and progressive, than the different people are the ones who hold that there is one truth, and that the older ideas of it were closer to the mark.
Nobody feels like they fit in, according to statistics. And I think that no one does, because we’re all made for a oerfect world. This world isn’t it.
But listen carefully: Jsut because you dont fit into to this world doesn’t mean you auotmatically fit into the other.
We all have the same problem, we are all born for heaven; we all deserve hell. That’s what the Bible teaches.
It’s apparent in how we cry out that we deserve all this stuff, but we don’t live like we do.
All that stuff own’t make us happy anyway.
My real concern on this Earth is not to make it better, though I’ll do that too, but to help other people get ready for the real place we all should be.
Which is why, though I want us to improve as a society, I only want that because it would hopefully mean we’re returning to truth instead of personal preference.
My world view will never ever be the popular one–until Jesus comes back.
But, if I really am supposed to not care what people think, then why should that bother me?
You see, it’s hypocritical to teach that, but teach that it only applies to the people who fit within your idea of what’s acceptable.
We should empower people to do what’s right, that’s all that’s worth doing in the long run.
Because, people don’t care what food they ate thousands of years ago, or necessarily what they’ll eat a thousand years form now. They don’t care who slept with whom. Or who killed someone else.
But what people never stop being curious is aobut is what people thought about God, morality, and the purpose of life, all throughout the ages.
So, I take it, that’s what lasts. That’s what we’ll be remembered for even when no one knows what our clothes looked like or what sports we watched. Or even what people we knew. But what we did because of our faith, or lack thereof, that they’ll still talk about centuries after we;re gone.
That’s what makes people different.
Until next time–Natasha.