"Life can't be all bad when for ten dollars you can buy all the Beethoven sonatas and listen to them for ten years."
What we see through social media is a generation of ignorant social activists. Young men and women all too willing to care about and defend something they don’t truly understand and refuse to educate themselves further on because they assume the limited information they receive has been vetted by someone more knowledgeable than themselves. This happens on both sides of the fence, with both conservatives and liberals.
I’ve seen arguably intelligent young men and women stand up at banquets and rallies, demanding answers about things like healthcare, DOMA, federal military actions. Asking questions about things they’ve seen on Facebook, on twitter, things that they’ve taken little to no time to research for themselves, and they look like fools. No matter their age, they paint themselves with a red mark that announces ‘I’m not mature enough to be here, to discuss these issues’.
But even so, it isn’t truly about age. It’s about social awareness. You are not discounted until you make a mistake. Say the wrong thing or quote the wrong statistic. Until then, your legitimacy remains intact.
Tumblr is like this.
I’ve seen people furious over gay rights legislation that doesn’t actually exist. Wars that haven’t happened. Most recently text posts with tens of thousands of notes alleging that China and Russia are going to go to war with the US over Syria.
Blogs relaying damaging misinformation written by individuals who can’t seem to be bothered to read a newspaper or use google properly. This is a crippling trend, and no one sees it.
These people get untold attention and affirmation until one person with a large enough follower count points out the flaw in their argument. Corrects the mistake, and shifts the tide. But this doesn’t fix the thousands of people who liked and reblogged the original post. The damage is done.
If there is one thing I’ve learned from working on political campaigns, very little is more damaging than an activist who argues only one side of the story without recognizing the existence of the other; because your opinion, no matter how solid and seemingly factually based, is invalid the second your audience realizes they know more than you.
And the result of all of this is a generation of young activists who don’t understand why they aren’t being taken seriously."
"Being born a woman is an awful tragedy. Yes, my consuming desire to mingle with road crews, sailors and soldiers, bar room regulars—to be a part of a scene, anonymous, listening, recording—all is spoiled by the fact that I am a girl, a female always in danger of assault and battery. My consuming interest in men and their lives is often misconstrued as a desire to seduce them, or as an invitation to intimacy. Yet, God, I want to talk to everybody I can as deeply as I can. I want to be able to sleep in an open field, to travel west, to walk freely at night."
"Some Catholics in the church’s conservative wing in the United States say Francis has left them feeling abandoned and deeply unsettled."
Um, see: How all other modern Catholics have felt for the entirety of their lifetime.
If we’re making this a contest, then the Latin Mass community beats most contestants.
Also, what the HECK is a “modern Catholic?
People who say that a lot of conservative Catholics need to take two seconds and realize that not everything is about them, that they just had a pope that did a lot of good things for them, are right.
Do those people also realize that Pope Francis has completely dropped the ball when it comes to offering pastoral care to conservatives? How when a traditionalist group offered him a freaking huge spiritual bouquet of tons and tons of rosaries that people had said to him, his reaction was to quip that people who still counted their prayers like that were still living in the Dark Ages? Not to be grateful that a group put aside it’s own differences to do something nice for him in their own way. It was a giant slap in the face, and did anyone talk about that story outside tradcat circles? No, because who cares about tradcats? He’s alienated conservatives and doesn’t seem to care, because it’s not like they’re going anywhere. Do conservatives lament no longer having the security of precise papal language and a pat on the back for doing things right? Sure, and they should probably try to move on. But Pope Francis isn’t entirely blameless, either.
Conservatives who bang the obedience and authority drums at liberals but then point out that popes are fallible and they don’t have to agree with them certainly give the impression that they’re equivocating (regardless of whether or not they actually are). But liberals who preach love and acceptance and pastoral care will shout all day long…except when it comes to offering that kind of pastoral care to conservatives. They hide behind selfish statements like “oh now you see what it’s always been like for me, I don’t care about your feelings.” Everyone’s a damn hypocrite.
This isn’t a fucking political contest. I’m sick and tired of everyone making it into one. Everyone is terrible, can we PLEASE move onto actually listening to what Pope Francis is saying and let it challenge us to be better Catholics?(via stereoma)
Ugh thank you. Katelyn is so spot on I can hardly stand it.