Faith versus Fear in Scholarship

This post is raw material, but it is a blog so I hope that any readers overlook that quality to the post. Recent discussions with a colleague and Church services led me to analysis of my methods of blog writing. I am open, candid, and I write in a style for everyone to read. While I want to improve as a writer, I cannot help but admit my foibles and weaknesses in narrative discourse.

The discussion and talks made me think about the current state of American society. Between economic collapse, subdued and subverted protests, and illusions of enforced safety in order to create a more mistrusting society in the name of potential threats, we live in 1984

1984

1984, 1st edition

meets Ender’s Game.

Ender's Games

Ender's Game, 1st edition

It is a society in which candid communication is left to entertainers in efforts to either soften the criticism or make it of none effect. As much news comes across on political commentary shows and Jay Leno as on nightly broadcasts.

This creates a zone where academic writers diverge into topics so niche and narrow as to have no bearing on the average person. Further, there is an elitism complex that hurts the profession while increasing arrogance among the adherents.

What good is it to someone to know a survey of 18th century religion when they are starving? (metaphoric and physical intentions)

I am heretical to most professions in writing this. The point is not to foster extreme commentary. My ideals are such that I want open and respectful communication in my profession – from everyone to everyone. A person does not make many friends this way. It makes me mad to think that Americans live in a society where we are afraid to express opinions due to job scarcity. I am not sure whether it was any easier for Americans or early colonists of previous generations to publicly express their thoughts: (read: Thomas Paine, and inflammatory remarks of citizens that changed the British colonies into the United States), but I believe that it is necessary.

The present mentality of keeping one’s head down and removing all attention paid in efforts of simple survival feels like preaching absentia of faith. This is not a call to action for religion, but a call to action for ability of expression by those who have standards of any sort. The first amendment is all but exploded in America. Decency is uncommon in favor of artistic licensure for lasciviousness. However, there is plenty of flack for having opinions that settle for even arcane understanding of values that keep people from destroying themselves. These are not passionate value-driven individuals. This is barely basic ethics. Should a person want to express opinions that do not entail complete and open provocativeness, there is immediate backlash.

Having standards is not about persecution of anyone. It is about not being persecuted for believing something where there is not a call for Jihad. Standing for something entails living a life that most people don’t want to touch. It is hard and rough, but it is like eating one’s veggies. In the end, it makes a person feel better where there was initial intake struggle. Doing one’s best is a matter of personal valor and honor. Writing about it publicly and advocating it is a mark of a society needing help. Actively removing fear is a mark of faith and the ability to stand when nothing but Providence keeps one afloat.

 

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