Post-modern American society has become addicted to being arbitrators of fairness to the point of being cut off, similar to being turned away by a bartender when he or she has had enough. Those that have led the grievance culture are now calling it quits, and they are advising their fan bases to move past it.
Former President Obama stated that, “This idea of purity and you’re never compromised and you’re politically ‘woke’ and all that stuff—you should get over that quickly.” This perspective is surprisingly refreshing from a man who led his administration by purposefully targeting his detractors. Obama went on to say, “The world is messy. There are ambiguities. People who do really good stuff have flaws. People who you are fighting may love their kids, and, you know, share certain thing with you. One danger I see among young people particularly on college campuses..., I do get a sense sometimes now… there is… the way of making change is to be as judgmental as possible about other people…” Whether or not former President Obama is fully aware of the weight of his conclusion, this is a positive revelation that ought to be sown into the shared American experience which has slowly been eroded.
Even now, we are witnessing a drastic change in Kanye West’s behavior due to his recent conversion to Christianity. There is plenty of conjecture over whether his current state of mind is authentic, valuable, or healthy. Kanye’s expression is indeed messy and juvenile; however, he is manifesting virtues of hope, modesty, and devotion. In a recent interview Kanye stated, “I’ve spread a lot of things. There was a time I was letting you know what high fashion had done for me, I was letting you know what Hennessey had done for me, but now I’m letting you know what Jesus has done for me, and in that I’m no longer a slave, I’m a son now, a son of God, I’m free.” Too many people, (religious or not), believe this declaration is foolish and pure zeal without substance. Kanye’s fearless abandon is refreshing; careless at times, but still refreshing.
Everything that social justice, political correctness, and progressivism have aimed to dismantle has managed to fall spectacularly to tradition, religion, and human idiosyncrasy. I’m rather encouraged by the new developments, while there are plenty of those determined to demolish the very foundation upon which they stand.
Founding Father John Adams stated, “We think ourselves possessed, or at least we boast that we are so, of liberty of conscience on all subjects and of the right of free inquiry and private judgment in all cases, and yet how far are we from these exalted privileges in fact…Now, what free inquiry, when a writer must surely encounter the risk of fine or imprisonment for adducing any arguments for investigation into the divine authority…But I cannot enlarge upon this subject, though I have it much at heart. I think such laws a great embarrassment, great obstructions to the improvement of the human mind.”
Embrace the conjecture. There is still much to learn and discover in order to grow an effective society full of beauty liberated with the safety of tradition.
By: Rosemary Dewar