How do we convince people who do not derive power from it or lose out as a result of it that the White Male Privilege does exist and that it would be almost universally beneficial to eliminate it?
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Having been raised a Catholic in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, I’ve been following the recent scandals quite a bit. I can’t imagine the grief felt by the core group of victims. What a hardship it must be to see an ideal of perfection in a form that it so completely fallible, and in way that so violates a sacred bond of trust. I wonder, though, about the private emotional battles existing in the minds and hearts of many area Catholics who are questioning their faith in a system that may not have their best interests at heart. If the image of the Church has been put above the welfare of its parishioners, how can it possibly see for the beam in its own eye? Part of me stands in awe at the ability and ease with which the Church sought to cover up these allegations and in wonderment at the parishioners who knew what was happening to the victims and SAID NOTHING. What do you say to someone to convince them that an act so deplorable should not be openly condemned?
But did Lennon want to be forgiven? It’s easy to do what you want with someone’s reputation once they’re dead, but what if John Lennon didn’t want to be forgiven for saying that the Beatles were bigger than Jesus Christ. It may have started as an off the cuff remark, but when Catholics and Christians condemned his and his music for the statement, burned albums, refusing to let their children by records, etc… it became something deeper.
In many ways, Lennon became more like Christ than most Christians, professing peace, harmony, and love at a time when Christians themselves were fighting against the idea of equality for all races based on… the Bible. He brought people together in a time when churches were tearing them apart under the “believe this or you don’t belong” doctrine. Lennon was closer to the second coming than most Christians will ever be, and to decry his music because of a statement is reprehensible at best. I’m glad the Vatican is moving on. I only hope Lennon can forgive THEM.
A friend recommended that I read Twilight by Stephanie Myers about a month ago and I enjoyed it even though it’s geared more toward adolescent readers. As I was reading New Moon, the second in the series, my husband was flipping through the Tivo. He saw True Blood on HBO and said, “What is it with you and vampires?” It’s easy. Men want to be them. Women want to be with them. Though the original movie vampires were old, ugly creatures with bad teeth, the modern vampire is sexy, flawless, and graceful.
Besides the lure of the mysterious, the modern vampire has had hundreds of years to learn how to romance and please a woman (or man, although men are pretty easy). Plus, a vampire has to learn to control himself. He has been waiting a long time to find a woman he is compatible with, and he doesn’t want to ruin it by killing her by accident. Watching a man exercise that kind of control is incredibly alluring, since human men are not particularly adept.
The idea of immortality is not for everyone, but for the scholar there is nothing more appealing. There is always more to learn – new ways to grow. No one has a better chance of figuring out the meaning life than someone who has crossed the line between life and death. There has to be something gained from watching someone die, especially if you must kill them in order to survive yourself. It may not be pleasant, but it is still knowledge.
One of the most frustrating things that people say about the economy, politics, environment, etc… is, “God will proviode.” We have intelligence. We can learn things. We can support politicians who support education so that we can learn more things. Knowledge is not a punishment. We weren’t punished for wanting knowledge, we were punished for disobeying god. And that’s an allegory anyway.
God will not fix your roof. God will not fix the hole in the Ozone layer. God will not fix the economy. God will not pay your health care bills. All of that is up to us. The closest we get to god is electing the right politicians so that all of that gets done with us having to know as little about it as possible and when all goes well we can say, “See, God has provided.” It may not all be chance, but it is NOT God.
If you want something, if you need something, DO DOMETHING ABOUT IT. Don’t just sit there and pray, then complain about the state of the world. Find the cause of the problem and figure out a solution. If you can’t figure it out, don’t say, “It must have been God’s will.” Find someone smarter than you and ask for help. Is no help is available , accept that it’s just that way through no fault of your own or anyone else’s. The devil is not involved. Let it go. Stoip waiting. Provide for yourself.
I don’t know if Andrew Lloyd Webber intended his musical to tell the story of Christ or to humanize him, but the first time I saw it, it reinforced my belief that Jesu bin Josef was a political figure and an incredible philosopher, but NOT the son of God. My favorite line in the entire show is sung by Judas and states, “You’ve begun to matter more than the things you say.” I can’t imagine that God’s intention was ever for us to worship Jesus as a god, but rather to listen to his words and implement them in our own lives.
So, McCain’s Vice Presidential pick (what’s her name again?) has a teen daughter who’s pregnant. I think the campaign leaked this to the press so that Republicans can be seen as caring, compassionate people who accept young people who make mistakes. She’s 17, but she’s going to keep the baby and marry the father. Vote for us. We’ll raise your child in a nice, Christian church and teach her that she only has one option when it comes to pregnancy, but neglect to mention that because we only teach abstinance, she’ll be afraid to discuss birth control with her parents and this might happen to her, too. I feel bad for the girl. Not bad enough not to be cynical about the reasons why her pregnancy is being discussed, but that’s usually something people want to keep quiet, and her mother’s political choices made her youthful indiscretions fodder for the media frenzy.