True freedom does not come cheap. It is not licentiousness as so many people today believe freedom is. True freedom or liberty requires and is inseparable from personal responsibility.
There are threats to individual liberty in society. That is why eternal or ongoing, continuous vigilance is needed to protect and sustain personal liberty in society. The chief threat to liberty through history has been government. One recalls the adage by Thomas Jefferson to the effect that “When the government fears the people, there is liberty. When the people fear the government, there is tyranny.” Alas, it has always been so in human society. Free people need to seek a healthy balance and strive to avoid harmful extremes. The absence of government would be anarchy and chaos. (The anarchists’ dream is a destructive nightmare that must be rejected.) Government’s drive for power and control left unchecked produces totalitarian states where the citizens are not free, and the government is capricious, despotic and tyrannical (even when the state claims it is acting on behalf “of the people”).
Quantity is a poor substitute for quality. Numerous superficial and shallow encounters with different sexual partners do not satisfy a person’s deeper needs.
What can be said of today’s “hook-up culture” where individuals fall into bed with each other not even knowing the other person?
It is not necessarily sex per se that those promiscuous individuals are seeking. It is likely the thrill, the rush of sexual novelty that motivates their behavior.
Taking a step back, one may rightly wonder what are people truly hungering for?
There is, of course, an important distinction to be aware of. Social revolutionaries believe the current system, current culture is too sick (too corrupt/rotten, fundamentally flawed, institutionally racist, etc.) to be fixed and must be destroyed so that a new system can replace it. (This is classical Marxist-Leninist thinking.) Social reformers seek to remedy the injustices within the current social system without completely destroying it. Whereas revolutionaries desire to tear down the existing social system because it cannot be repaired or reformed, reformers seek to remedy the societal flaws from within the current system.
a cautionary note for revolutionaries (“progressives” and social justice warriors)
But, we must bear in mind that it is always easier to destroy than to build up in this world. Destruction can be accomplished quickly and violently. Construction is not so easy to accomplish as it requires much more time and effort. This is true of constructing a building, or building up a society. Revolution can be and is a more costly approach to fixing society’s ills.
Pastor Jonathan Gentry is a passionate speaker who is very concerned with crime in the black community here in the US.
His classic line: “I am going to tell you what you need to hear as opposed to what you want to hear.” – is appropriate and describes his message well.
These 2 short videos on YouTube are important to consider.
Conservative TV personality, Sean Hannity, was recently accused of sexual harassment. Such accusations against conservatives who are pubic figures is not new. We can remember Anita Hill’s spurious accusations against Clarence Thomas in September 1991. Her tale kept morphing each time she retold it. Candidate Donald Trump effectively silenced these type accusations last October when he said his accusers would be sued in court for these false and damaging (libelous and slanderous) claims. The resulting silence from his many accusers was deafening as they say. When faced with possible serious consequences, those who are willing to lie and smear often have second thoughts. Mr. Hannity, to his credit, is taking the offense (the best form of defense) here by assembling a top-notch legal team to sue false accusers. His accuser of this past weekend is now walking back her story.
Any and all who dare to oppose the current liberal mindset and the liberal agenda in the US are subject to being accused falsely to discredit their opinions, convictions and arguments, and ultimately to being silenced by being publicly disgraced.
Let’s take a step back and consider: What does this say about the level and quality of discourse in our free society?
We need strong families in these times of social decay and societal fragmentation. The threats to our children are many and diverse in our toxic culture. Parents need to protect their children.
Strong families, intact marriages, 2 parent households are necessary for a harmonious society. (As we have blogged in the past: the purpose of sexual morality is to protect and promote stable marriages and thus stable families.)
Today, Western Civilization appears to have lost its identity, lost its soul. It is under constant attack from many quarters. By “western civilization”, we mean those ideas, values and traditions that have come down to us through history from ancient Greece and Rome and the rest of Europe and have been greatly shaped or influenced by Christianity.
Perhaps, our question could be rephrased as: Can Western Civilization survive its current crisis of identity? The crisis, the pressing existential drama, seems to be inexorably progressing towards a climax.
Individual actions do have a cumulative or collective effect on society. This may seem rather obvious, yet it is often overlooked or ignored in the discussions of the day on many, diverse (and contentious) issues.
We have in Western societies normalized so much that is destructive to both individuals and to the larger society since the 1960s. Promiscuous and perverted sexuality, and recreational drug use are 2 examples. Both of these serve to harm families and that makes for a less harmonious society. Ego-centric, self-absorbed individuals have contributed to many of the societal ills we face today. Many groups clamor loudly for “rights”. But, on closer inspection, we see that these so-called rights mean merely being able to do whatever these folks want to do for any reason or for no reason. And, no, licentiousness is not true freedom. True personal freedom requires the acceptance of personal responsibility.