As I walked onto the subway, I had seen a large banner that they had laid out on the sidewalk that blamed a bunch of people, organizations, etc. for women's oppression and every problem imaginable in the world...and among the things they mentioned I saw the word "church." Unfortunately, and no thanks to an arrogant president and an extremely biased media, this seems to be one of the popular thoughts these days....especially among left-wing (and even some right-wing) extremists. I have a pretty good idea of what these feminazi folk think of people like me...that I am a sheep incapable of independent thought. They think that I am oppressed even if I don't feel like I am oppressed. However, I have a crazy idea. Perhaps it is these extremists that are the oppressed. Perhaps they are the slaves of the ideals they treasure so much.
Perhaps they see abortion as a solution to the problem when, in reality, it has the efficacy of putting a band-aid on a cancerous growth. Perhaps instead of focusing on abortion, they should turn their attention to the issues that often lead women to abortion. They should focus their attention on education, job creation, and charities that aid pregnant women...instead of defending abortions committed for economic reasons. They should focus their attention on the things that are directly or even indirectly behind the attitudes that ultimately lead to rape. Rapists, to some degree, carry some level of disrespect towards the people they violate. This disrespect could stem from mass availability of pornography that depicts women as objects versus fellow human beings. This disrespect could stem from the viewing of women as mere sexual objects...an attitude that runs rampant in today's media where sexual appeal is used to sell merchandise and movies that have little in terms of plot or actual beauty.
This disrespect could originate from a broken family structure where parents and children lack respect for themselves and each other. It could originate from the existence of strip clubs where sexuality is bought rather than respected. Perhaps instead of focusing on abortions resulting from poor choices, they could focus their money and attention on empowering women with a sense of respect for themselves and their own bodies so they no longer find themselves depending on dead-beats or manipulative men...or abusive men. Abortion, to me, is not a solution to...but a consequence of all of these things. It solves nothing, but only serves to make these women the mothers of dead children...an idea that is far too painful and inherently evil for me to ever consider a mercy.
As far as masturbation, sex on demand, pornography, etc. go, well I'd sooner not be a slave to these. In a sense, I have too much respect for myself to ever find myself allowing these to be the center of my life. These, to me at least, are not the pinnacle of womanhood. Animals in the wild have sex...and I think if we turn sexual liberation into the center of our lives...well, that makes us no better than animals. Therefore, when I walked past these crazy pro-abortion females (who were probably too young to ever know real responsibility)...it was like walking past a zoo. They had debased themselves to promoting and living lives that emulated the same urges that are felt by wild animals. I saw chaos where they advertised organization. I saw lies and bias where they advertised truth. I saw slavery where they advertised freedom.
Call me crazy, but I think there is far more to life than sex. There is far more to human beings than the pursuit of sex and physical pleasure. It is for these reasons, therefore, that I am considered an oppressor, a bigot, a fool, an elitist, anti-woman, and quite a few other derogatory terms.In short, my views aren't very popular among these pitiable fools....and they certainly aren't popular in a world where these pitiable fools are put on pedestals and considered the epitome of womanhood. If pro-abortion lunatics is the epitome of true womanhood, we are in a world of trouble.
With that said, I don't want to be a part of this world and its negative attitudes towards life, dignity, and freedom. If you have been following the campaigns, the conventions, and the partisan screaming matches that have taken place...you probably are in the same boat as I am. I, for one, have grown tired of being labelled as a *insert unpleasant adjective here* Republican for refusing to support a certain incompetent clown. Please pardon my name-calling. I am sure I am doing a terrible job of loving my neighbor whenever I call my neighbor names...but I am trying my hardest to keep the name-calling civil. I will try to keep it as PG here as possible, but it will be hard considering that I have lost all respect for this guy and his "change." To put it simply, I have no tolerance for those who center on eugenics, supporting self-interest group, blaming everything on their predecessor, attacks on basic freedoms, dreaming up scare tactics to divide the country in order to win elections, and campaigning when they should be running a country that's falling apart at the seams. I don't like the other alternatives very much...but I'd sooner join their cause than a cause that violates many of the beliefs that I refuse to compromise in the name of free stuff, big government, and self-interests.
And so I quit Facebook for the time being. Some of the statuses I've been seeing are making me question the intelligence of quite a few acquaintances...and other statuses have been outright offensive. In order to stay sane and maintain friendships, I have simply given up on reading rubbish that is advertised as truth and truth that is advertised as rubbish. There is no sense even trying to talk reason with some people who are so blinded by their own confusion, bias, and twisted ideas of "tolerance" and "understanding." I've simply gotten tired of being attacked for supporting a candidate (if you can even call it support...as I am mostly voting against someone than I am voting FOR someone). I've gotten tired of spending time on replies and reasons that fall on deaf ears...as I try to clarify why I simply cannot support their candidate or their causes. Instead of wasting my time getting offended by Facebook statuses, I will focus on other things until the election is over. If I do decide to respond to something propagated by one candidate or another, I will do so here. Who knows, maybe I may have more success here than I will being interrupted every other second by someone who simply refuses to listen to something that may inconvenience them...even if it is true.
I will also stop posting statuses that remind acquaintances why there are people out there that refuse to vote for their particular candidate. I have become an unpleasant reminder of just how many people outside of certain cultural circles absolutely refuse to vote for the fool in office now. Unfortunately for these "open-minded" campaigner-in-chief supporters, I also break a few stereotypes regarding members of the opposition...minus the churchgoing and bible-loving (thank you to UNiconoclast for sharing the vid and examples of Facebook status hypocrisy I've seen far too much of recently)
I have become a reminder about how that "other party" actually has reasons behind their votes. Contrary to what has been implied on Facebook, I am far too aware of what's going on to vote out of ignorance. Contrary to what is typically portrayed on the news, I simply love my freedoms too much to vote out of blind party adherence. I will vote to protect freedoms even if it means becoming a Republican after years of identifying myself as a Democrat. My conscience simply prevents me from voting for a popular candidate that threatens to endanger my freedoms even if this candidate promises freee unicorns and rainbows for all. I don't care about what they can give me. What I want is personal freedom to live a life that is in accordance with my views about the dignity of life. You mess with this freedom, you lose a vote...even if it makes me look like the Antichrist among my friends and family. Even if it leads to offensive posts directed at me or people like me.
I was thinking about the reasons why I've quit Facebook this morning as I was washing my mug...and I had a moment of clarity. As hated as I may be for my refusal to vote for a certain campaigner in chief, and as hated as I may be for my backwards/intolerant/anti-woman/anti-whatever views...I have a mission. As unpopular as my views are now, God made sure I was born during this time and not in a time where my views would have been popular. God, for whatever reason, felt that I was capable of fighting today's status quo. As much as I would have loved to be Joan of Arc, I wasn't meant to be a warrior in a time where people defended their faith with swords. Even though my baptismal and confirmation names are those of martyrs, perhaps I wasn't meant to be one of the early Christians that died for the faith (or even the modern martyrs that are still dying for their faith). Perhaps there is a reason why I did not live in Mexico during the Cristero war...or in anti-Catholic Spain during the time of Josemaria Escriva. God had other plans. I must have been born in this country and in this age for a reason....and I am starting to come to terms with this.
Perhaps God knew that I was best suited for the time of the New Evangelization....where the internet and new medias of communication would be my sword. Perhaps he placed me in such as liberal state, school, culture, etc. because He trusted in my abilities to spread His word in a fashion that could be heard by those so blinded by their own sense of right and wrong versus true RIGHT and true WRONG. Over and over, I keep hearing "speak to them in words they understand" playing in my head and echoing in my works through the years. I may not have the eloquence or profound understanding of St. Thomas of Aquinas, but I have (in quite a few occasions) managed to at least explain why I hold such unpopular views. I have at least presented the other side in a somewhat understandable fashion even if I have not managed to get others to see everything through my eyes...even if I am unable to get them to see the error in their own thinking. I have also been born with the ability to make sense of science and faith in a way where one always seems to compliment the other...and this has served me well. It has trained me to question and then seek answers to many questions that people often have, but often refuse to explore. Even if some of them do end up exploring, they arrive at answers fed to them by the vox populi...a flawed and biased culture that breeds animal-like people (like the women mentioned above) more focused on temporal goods than virtues or dignity. Perhaps I am unable to get people to see reason at times, but at least they cannot say that I feel as I do just because I am Catholic or just because I am a scientist.
Time and time again, in my conversations with others, I have been deemed unreasonable even when I was able to articulate a stronger argument...simply because it was not a popular argument or because my arguments may have been too uncomfortable or hard to accept. It would, after all, be a lot easier for me to just sleep with my fiancé versus attempt a life of chastity. Yet, as hard as it is, I chose to follow chastity than become a slave to my physical desires. As a result of this, I have come to better appreciate sex as it is meant to be...and I have come to respect my body and that of the person I love. Sex, as pleasurable as it can be, can imprison us if we center our lives on it. It can become something purely animal-like in nature...something that is purely impulse and not centered on true mutual respect between two individuals that truly love and care about one another. Though the feminazis mentioned above are unable to see this, it is something that I have experienced and something that I will pursue even if it does mean going against cultural norms....even if it means taking a harder route.
I have, time and time again, invested time and effort into responding to the questions of those who refuse to accept any answer I give them...simply because this answer does not agree with their own sentiment. As someone who used to listen to comfort and convenience over raw and uncomfortable realities of reason...I know how hard it is to have a change of heart. I know how often words can fall on deaf ears. Still, I am sure that I have planted seeds. God gave us all free will and because of this, I simply cannot force people to see reason. They must arrive at reason on their own even if it takes years before any of the seeds I planted actually start growing. If another 4 years of error, murdered children, stolen freedoms, overreaching government policies, debt, and lies is what it takes for these people to realize that they've been duped...then so be it.
The best we can do, in the meantime, is keep trying to serve God with whatever means we have at our disposal. If you can captivate an audience, use words. If you are musically inclined, use song. If you're an artist, use art. If you can articulate strong arguments, use respectful debates. Whatever your skill and whatever your method of choice in spreading truth...be sure to arm yourself. The world, as you can see, has started favoring lie instead of truth and comfort instead of sacrifice. The best that we can do is arm ourselves and prepare ourselves for adversity. I don't suggest arming yourself with physical weapons...but weapons that strengthen your spirit. Put on your trust in God and ride into battle with your armor of truth, faith, charity, humility, prayer, and grace. As long as you are good with God and put all of your trust in Him...nothing can stop you and nothing can hinder you...regardless of how much the world will to hate you.
"For our wrestling is not against flesh and blood; but against principalities and power, against the rulers of the world of this darkness, against the spirits of wickedness in the high places."
Ephesians 6:12Pax Vobiscum and Saint Michael defend us!