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Sat, Jul. 24th, 2004, 01:35 am

wow, long time, no update. oh well.

I was just thinking recently about society, and the values that it tells us we should have. I realized that at the academy they tell us things like "sex before marriage is wrong, and society is trying to tell you otherwise". Now, to a certain extent, this is true. There are parts of our culture that are telling us that. So we, being good little new churchies, say "no that's wrong" and Look! We just resisted society. However, there is a large enough part of our society that is opposed to sex before marriage, that we are at least encouraged to question it. To think about whether it's really right or wrong. In resisting things like this, we are only resisting the most obvious ploys. What we really need to question are the things we believe so deeply we would never think to question them.

An example of this is racism. In today's culture (at least the one I grew up in) we never even question the idea that racism is wrong. Now, I actually do believe that racism is wrong, but I'm just trying to find an example of an unquestioned belief. Were does this belief come from? It's obviously not "human decency" because less than 200 years ago, slavery was a huge industry in the U.S. It was an issue that people had to actually think about, to try to come to their own conclusion.

With the "sex before marriage" issue, if you stand against it, there will be a great number of people who will support you, even if others mock you. However, there are others stances that almost everyone will disagree with you on (or maybe not... maybe that's just me being paranoid). It's late, and I can't think of any really good examples, and all of this makes much more sense in my head than it does writeen down.

Sat, Jul. 24th, 2004 06:07 am (UTC)
expiredparrot: I think I've just had an apostrophe...It was like a bolt of lightening...just struck my brain.

The written down version made sense to me.
And you are right. I never really thought about it that way.

Maybe we should start a protest
"I have a dream...that a child can walk down a street and not run into a prostitute. Turn on the TV and see examples of true conjugial love." And I'm actually not meaning to be sarcastic in any way shape or form(or direspectful), just exaggerating a little. In fact, I agree whole heartedly. Very interesting Epiphanies you have, thankyou for sharing them.

Dum Spiro Spero ~ Erica

Sat, Jul. 24th, 2004 07:13 am (UTC)

I think a lot of it is the fact that you SEE more support for one view or the other. For example, racism isn't all that uncommon -- people just aren't vocal about it. I remember just the other day, my coworker was telling me a story about when he worked at a different store, and a woman saw an advertisement on the TVs that had a, shall we say, "urban" theme to it. She apparently came up to Jim (my coworker) and told him she had a problem with the advertisement being run on the TV in the store because she "thought this was supposed to be a WHITE store." But she said this last part to him in a very hushed voice, trying to keep it away from everyone else.

It just has to do with who the minority is. Right now, there are plenty of people in the world who support chastity -- but there are way more who don't, and because of that, their viewpoint is the one that prevails in the media and whatnot. I think that's why we are told that society attacks the values of marriage.

I agree with you that this isn't the right way to look at it, though. I think that "society" is really a nonexistant entity -- using it is not unlike using "trash" to describe impoverished people. Because "society" is just one thing, it can go one or the other direction, but the fact is that really it is billions of people and they can't all just go one way or another, they go billions of different ways. So, I think that when people say society attacks marriage, what they're trying to say is that viewpoints in support of it are not prevalent in modern culture. Which is true.

Sat, Jul. 24th, 2004 07:15 am (UTC)

Bah... sorry. Any time something gets me thinking, I have to write an essay about it. I didn't really try to. =\