Unbelievers often scoff and mock that Christians follow, as these unbelievers say, Bronze or Iron Age beliefs written down by ignorant peasants and superstitious persons thousands of years ago in a no longer relevant book called the Bible, and by using these pejorative and chronologically-snobby labels for the foundational of Christian belief, the unbelievers are obviously trying to imply that Christians are fools for holding to these antiquated ideas, but, in fact, the truth, in many cases, is the exact opposite of what such unbelievers believe, for the fact of the matter is this: in this present age, where 1) we have modern academics and “thinkers” telling us that men can become women by mere verbal fiat, and where 2) we have modern academics and “thinkers”, such as modern ethicists, endorsing infanticide and bestiality and incestuous marriage, and where 3) we have modern academic and “thinkers” telling us that something can come from nothing, or that language is meaningless, or that morality does not exist, or that consciousness and the self just illusions, or that there actually is such a thing as equality in the world between people, or any one of the other myriad of absurd and reality-denying claims made in the modern world today, then I tell you that, in many cases, I am more than happy, and I am more than rational, in preferring to believe the common-sense and time-tested wisdom of reality-hardened men from generations long past than I am in trusting some modern gender-studies professor or some “ethicist” who tells me that shagging sheep is A-OK; remember, truth does not respect chronology, and just because it is 2016 does not mean that we do not have many things insanely wrong, and it is for that reason that in many cases, I am more than happy and smart to embrace Bronze Age beliefs rather than wedding myself to the insanities of our present age.
A major cultural problem of our time is the problem of feelings, and what I mean by this is that too many people either do or do not do things not because they morally should or should not do them, nor because they have a duty to either do or not do them, but rather because they either feel or don’t feel like doing these things, and while letting your feelings guide you may be fine for deciding which wine to drink with dinner, or whether to have chicken or fish, or whether to watch this show rather than that one, in civilized society at large, and in order to maintain civilization itself, being guided–or even being motivated–by one’s feelings is a serious flaw, for feelings and emotions are ever-changing tides that focus intensely on present and fleeting preferences, and so for the many people who cannot control their feelings, being guided by such a force means not being really guided at all, but rather getting moved back-and-forth between different ends all depending on how your feelings push you at that moment; furthermore, it is especially in a marriage, and in the fulfillment of one’s marital duties, both sexual and otherwise, that feelings have little place in the matter, and if they do, then such a marriage will, perhaps ironically, eventually dissolve into explicit or implicit separation, for no marriage can actually be strong or last if, say, the husband let’s his residence and his family fall into disrepair and disrepute because he does not “feel” like doing any work and would rather watch sports on his couch than work (and what woman should stay with such a man…none, obviously!), and no marriage will be content if, say, the wife often rejects the husband’s sexual advances because she does not “feel” like having marital relations when he asks for it (and what man should stay with sch a woman….none, obviously!), and so as in life, a marriage, and the decisions that are made in a marriage, should be based on duty and morality, not on one’s feelings, and it is in large part due to the fact that this truth has been forgotten that we have seen the rise in divorce and other marital problems in our present society…so remember that your own feelings are fickle things, and they are untrustworthy for guiding action, and so in life, and especially in one’s marriage, one needs to be guided by one’s unwavering duty to the vows and implicit promises that one has made, not by whether one “feels like” fulfilling those vows or not.
So often we hear the claim that “Diversity is a strength”, and, on the one hand, when speaking about skills, this claim is true, for, say, an infantry platoon is stronger if its members have a diverse range of highly trained skills–one soldier is a great machine gunner, the other an awesome grenadier, the third a superb medic–but when it comes to values, ethics, and cultural norms, diversity is an utter weakness, for consider that an infantry platoon filled of individuals with diverse values–say, having one soldier who never follows orders, another who is lazy, another who is always late, another who does not speak English and refuses to learn, another who is a psychopath, another who refuses to work in a team, and so on–would not be a strong platoon, but an absolutely incompetent and dysfunctional one; the problem, of course, is that when people claim that “diversity is a strength” they mean it in the latter sense of values and cultural norms, and this diversity is absolutely not a strength, for having, say, a “diverse” cultural group which sanctions / turns a blind-eye to “honor-killings” actually mingle with a cultural group that does not sanction such a thing is not going to make the latter’s society greater or better, it will simply make it much worse, and everyone with half-a-brain knows this, and the same is true for numerous other values / cultural norms as well (an industrious society will not be improved by the importation of sloths, and an honest civilized society will not be improved by the importation of barbarians, and so on)…so the claim that diversity is a strength is both true and false, for it is true in relation to skills, but false in relation to values, ethics, and cultural norms, but the problem, as stated earlier, is that the modern fool who claims that diversity is a strength is usually thinking of cultural norms when he makes is utterance, not realizing what an idiotic position his position actually is.
In and of itself, politics is a worthless endeavor, for all that truly and deeply matters in life, and all that one should be focused on, is 1) one’s love of God, 2) one’s honor (moral character and duties), and 3) one’s family–and in that specific order–and furthermore, since politics is all too often a vile pit where good men become soiled and where one’s principles get compromised and twisted it is thus best to avoid such a “profession”, and yet even acknowledging all this, the fact remains that since politics, and the decisions made by politicians–at least in this life–unavoidably encroach upon one’s ability to love God, and to be honorable, and to care for one’s family, then one must, sadly, engage in the political process with sufficient vigor to ensure that these other more important things are protected; and so, in this life, though good and Godly men may wish not to involve themselves in the affairs of the state, good and Godly men must actually do so, for it is only by doing this that they can remain good and Godly in their way without coercion and pressure not to be so, and so politics is a thing which a good man should always desire to avoid, and yet which he should always engage in as if avoidance of it was the last thing on his mind…the trick, of course, is maintaining this attitude once the power and prestige of the political process begins to be felt in one’s soul.
Though I have said it before, and I will likely say it again, and though transforming this simple truism from mere mental knowledge to an actually lived-out truth took years of contemplation and practice, I tell you all (especially those of a currently younger bend who have not yet experienced the years of life fly by), that the most important and precious finite resource that you have–the MOST important and precious resource–is not money, or looks, or health, but rather, it is time, for time, unlike money, or looks, or health, or so many others things, is the one thing which, once lost, can never be recovered, and time is the one thing that is required to regain all others as well (for you need time to become wealthy, or healthy, or smart), and so, if there is one thing that no one–at least no one who fears his accounting before God–should waste is time; now, the way not to waste time is to, quite simply, avoid doing useless and trivial things–and note that there is a difference between genuine relaxation and sloth–for as even men of great renown and deep experience, such as ancient samurai Miyamoto Musashi, have said, the way to success and achievement is to “do nothing which is of no use”, for to do that which is indeed of no use is not only folly, but it is also a sin most foul…and so, listen to this hard-won wisdom: guard your time zealously, for only by doing so can you both succeed at your life’s task and stand before God without the stain of sloth upon your chest.
One thing to always remember in one’s interactions with one’s seniors, is that while age unavoidably brings with it experience, age does not necessarily bring forth wisdom, for wisdom only arises from honest reflection and deep understanding of one’s experiences, and since man is all too often a sloth, it is thus the case that all too many men of advanced age have experience but do not have wisdom (and certain youngsters may not have age but nevertheless have already developed wisdom); and so while one must always be initially respectful and courteous towards those older than one’s self, this does not mean that one has to necessarily defer to an older individual’s wisdom, for there may actually be no wisdom there…remember this, and thus be discerning as to whose words you give weight to.
As an apologist, it is critical to remember that ultimately, ultimately, you must always be seen as striving to speak the truth, and if, to do so, that means that you must come across as rude, or condescending, or arrogant, or superior, or haughty, or aggressive, or offensive, or bigoted, or “phobic”, or even all of the above, remember that your approach, and the perception of your approach, must always be secondary to speaking the truth; now, of course, whenever possible, you should strive to initially speak with gentleness, respect, courtesy, and cordiality, and this should be an obvious given, but if push-comes-to-shove, and if there is no other way to speak the truth than with verbal violence and vitriol, then it is indeed better to be seen speaking the truth in the vilest of fashions than to be seen as an individual who sounds sweet, but who ultimately spews out nothing more than agreeable and face-saving falsehoods…so speak truth and all else, ultimately, be damned!