Words Matter

My generation gets the majority of their information from social media sites instead of books and actual life experiences. This would be fine if people took the time to actually learn about topics, read full articles from original sources, and make their own conclusions through researching multiple perspectives. Most of the time though, they do not take the time to do that and it is becoming increasingly evident in their lifestyles. We settle for “what meets the eye” as the truth, presented to us by biased media sources. We’ll take the time to retweet the opinion of an actor we like because they might have been in one of our favorite movies. That qualifies them to only make credible unbiased statements, right? We refuse to delve deeper beyond what is noncontroversial to the majority and those things that provide us with fleeting feelings of happiness. Words and their meaning matter and the context in which they are used matters as well. No matter what you believe, it is important to distance yourself from comfort so that you can clearly and objectively see the absolute truth.

This is why it is important to understand what you support, especially with all of the issues we are facing today. Pro-“choice” sounds comfortable and safe. Obviously “pro-mutilation of children in the womb” wouldn’t work as well for the leftists agenda, although Hillary has no qualms with letting babies that survive botched abortions die outside the womb. So does the left actually consider them children when they leave the womb or is it just whenever it is convenient for them? What is convenient is usually selfish. This applies to every thought, action, and belief that we have. When I buy new clothes I do not really need, with money I could have given to help others, selfishness. When I avoid volunteering or going to Mass to watch television, selfishness. Selfishness is the root of all sin and evil. I know we want life to be relaxing, easy and fun all of the time. The Devil knows that, too. That is why I have found in life that I am the most depressed and have the most anxiety when I am dwelling in self-pity or self-indulgence. I have been my happiest when putting others before myself and resisting the urge to feed my ego. Pride blinds you from truth and makes you deem what you “want” as what is “right”. Unfortunately many people continue to believe that what brings you comfort and pleasure should be associated with the right way to live. I call that sleeping through life.

It is difficult to wake up to what is going on in the world around you, to look beyond yourself. And not just when it is easy. This means putting people first even when those people don’t deserve it in our eyes. We are all unworthy and recognizing we are all flawed is how we can truly accept and love one another and ourselves. There are things you naturally want in life but that does not mean you should always have it. Being a parent is one of the best ways to realize that, by putting your children first and also teaching them that they cannot always get what they want. If you let yourself have what you want all of the time then it will lose value and purpose to you. Sex is often seen as something we “deserve” to have and people say that it is natural need. Yes, sex is natural but is meant to create life. When it is twisted to feed selfishness, it loses its sacredness. Taking away that sacredness is makes it easier to abort a child when they do not fit into a selfish plan. Even with ample amounts of birth control available, people are having sex and getting pregnant. If you want to live a selfish lifestyle then that is a choice you can make, but it is absolutely disgusting to kill innocent children because you are so selfishly absorbed with yourself.

Feminists claim to be pro-women? All I see are insecure women trying to be more like immature men and then hating on mature men that call them out on it. Liberals and abortion clinics claim to be about women’s health and having control of their bodies but refuse to acknowledge the mental and physical detriment it inflicts on those same women and their bodies. I will never support that. I’m sorry, liberal women, that you have such hatred for women who actually take responsibility for their actions.

C.S. Lewis said, “Humility is not thinking less of yourself, it’s thinking of yourself less.”

Humility. What a concept. Pride and selfishness are the opposite of humility and patience which are sacred virtues we should all hope to acquire. Society tells you that your mistakes shouldn’t define the rest of your life. An unplanned pregnancy is not a mistake, it is a realistic possibility when you choose to have sex. Having a child is a life-altering experience but being an adult is accepting responsibility and true acceptance is people allowing you to know your options in that situation. The selfless choice is to have the baby and keep it or give it to a family. It is not the easy decision but it is the one resulting from true love. Be aware of your decisions and do for others more than you do for yourself. I promise you will feel more fulfilled than you ever did taking the path that seemed easy. Be smart and refuse to settle, dig deeper and always try to acquire more knowledge. Your faith will be ridiculed and even mocked as a security blanket to hide behind. It is the absolute opposite. Faith is living the truth no matter the consequences. It is much easier to create your own morals than to live by absolute truths. Christianity calls you to put Him before yourself just as Jesus selflessly laid down his life for us.

“I didn’t go to religion to make me ‘happy’. I always knew a bottle of Port would do that. If you want a religion to make you feel really comfortable, I certainly don’t recommend Christianity”- C.S. Lewis

The Silver Lining of Conservative Politics

The last year has been an emotional ride for those involved in politics, especially for true conservatives who have watched the Republican party cave in on itself these last few months. Now that is not to say that the conservative movement or what it stands for is disintegrating because it cannot uphold itself. Conservatism embodies people with morally upstanding principles and beliefs but a party is only as good as the people in it. With an embarrassingly long list of imposters in Republican party who have lost sight of integrity, the party has fallen to the misconstruing of truth.

I have watched Republicans focus most of their energy on the negative aspects of other candidates, their political past, their personal lives, and so on. This happens amongst the Democrats as well but it is nothing compared to the long slew of GOP candidates this year that were willing to pull each other under to stay afloat. When did it become a common ideology that these campaigns should be solely based on running the other candidates into the ground at any cost in order to make oneself more appealing for the most powerful position in America?  Realistically I get that it is never going to be just policy debates because the “who” behind the stances is an important part of the job. You can say whatever you want while running but what you have done and are currently doing is what speaks volumes, or it should anyways.

So do not be surprised when I say I will not vote for Donald Trump even though I am a Republican. It’s like dressing Hillary up in a Chinese manufactured suit and a toupee, slapping the label Republican on her, and expecting me to follow lead in aimlessly supporting her. It just will not happen and I will tell you why. I vote based on one thing and one thing alone. Morals. If you claim to be a conservative but are wishy washy on the life of babies in the womb, you will not get my vote. If you claim to be a man of God but show no humility or integrity in your daily life, I will not vote for you. I know that no one is perfect but if you are going to run as a conservative you better have your morals in line because from that you will base your policies and how you approach every issue you face in the highest position of this country that we hold so dear.

I refuse to reiterate what we have all seen on a crazy loop from the media over the last few months. I almost want to change Trump to “He Who Must Not Be Named”. He even makes Voldemort look appealing. In the end we will be dealt a candidate and I have a feeling he will not embody the morals and principles I value so much in conservatism. So what is the silver lining for conservatives you ask? This year has been one of showing true colors. I have witnessed an upsetting amount of “journalists”, “Christians”, and other political activists who claim to be conservatives, misrepresent what we believe and what we stand for. The powerful winds of our culture made them bend and oh how easy it was. It is disgusting and upsetting but I am in some ways glad it happened so that I could find the voices of true Christians and conservatives who are not scared to stick to their values and oppose those they had respect and trust for at one time.

I have been inspired by the underdogs, those who refuse to let the vast majority make them fearful or crush their passion on issues that are of the greatest importance to conservatives. Issues like stopping abortion, protecting our country and our Allies, reducing the debt, and inspiring everyday people like me to defy all odds and create businesses, jobs, and make our economy great again with our own hands and by busting our backs.

Thank you to those who have stayed true to their moral beliefs, especially those who made their voice heard amongst the false representation of our core political views. There is always a silver lining and I believe God is calling us to shine amongst this ignorance, confusion, and madness.