Posts Tagged ‘culture

03
Dec
08

Habitual Heroism

We are all heroes on the inside, just waiting for the moment that hero can run free, blazing courage across the darkness.  We lie in wait, expecting that moment to come, knowing we have what it takes.  I have never doubted my own heroism.  Ever.  Until recently.  The other evening during dinner a story came on the radio about a man who interfered in a violent situation.  Suddenly the reality of that hero moment crashed in on my delusion.  I surprised my husband by wondering aloud if I could do such a thing.  He quickly answered that there was no question – he’d step in and he didn’t understand why I was so hesitant.  I know something, though.  We wait for these moments, but these moments are actually waiting on us.  Every day we have opportunities to be heroic.  They are small opportunities, sure, but they are there.  We have opportunities to look strangers in the eye and smile, sincerely, even if that person wants to talk.  We have an opportunity to set aside our anticipated TV show, or blog entry, or gaming adventure, to take and extra minute and really talk to our children.  We have opportunities to keep the latest office gossip to ourselves and not betray a trust.  As Americans, we always have an opportunity to stand up for what is good and just and right.  To be a hero in the big moments, I believe that a foundation has to be laid in habit. 

During the Mumbai tragedy and standoff, the media was interviewing those who escaped.  I DO NOT fault them for escaping.  I am grateful that some did.  However, for a brief moment I paused and wondered if there could have been a different outcome had they stood in solidarity.  Had they found a way to lead a rebellion or lead others to safety.  I don’t know.  I wasn’t there, but I think that for those people, that was the moment they had waited for.  They did the smart thing, but I’m unsure if it would be called heroic.  Did I mention that I do not think less of them for it?  It is just food for thought.  It is so easy to talk about shattering evil, guns blazing, youth’s Tae Kwan Do skills honed, but when there is only time to react, I don’t think “hero” is the default unless it is practiced. 

I mentioned that I always thought I was heroic, but now I’m looking over my life.  I shamefully confess that I have a cousin I love like a sister who may not spend eternity in Heaven because I don’t have the nerve to risk our relationship.  The same goes for many of my friends.  Does this diminish my faith?  It very well may.  I donate money and some times a little time to bake sale-type fund raisers to fight human trafficking, but even in the face of such grotesque evil, I sit in my living room and wish there was something I could do.  There is plenty I can do.  The world is a better place because of people who figured out what to do, then made it a priority.  As long as we sit in our living rooms and wish for instruction, evil persists.  It grows.  It is time to go find those moments and build them into a way of life.

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18
Sep
08

Lohan vs. Palin

I never thought Lindsay Lohan would get to me, but she certainly has.  Yesterday I copped out an quickly pasted her anti-Palin rant onto my blog.  It should not matter one iota that a young, misguided nouveau riche panned a presidential candidate.  But it does.  LiLo (oh cute!) as they are calling her now, is a cultural icon and what she posted on My Space carried enough weight to be a loud story among the media.  Thanks to this very internet, we all had a chance to see it.  It hardly deserves a comment, but I believe that her sentiment is shared among many voters, especially mothers. 

Lindsay contends that Sara Palin will “negate” all the progress women have made as far as having a “choice over what to do with our bodies.”  The left is continually attacking Palin for not aborting her special needs child.  There have been questions raised as to whose baby he is.  There have been hysterical rants about her inability to hold the position of vice president and tend to this child, people questioning her commitment to parenting.  She has been called hypocritical because Alaska doesn’t have anti-abortion laws on the books.  Sara Palin exhibits all that is right and perfect about womanhood.  She has raised a loving family, no question about it, including a special needs infant.  Apparently, this infant has brought nothing but joy to the family; I don’t think this supports the argument that the world is better off without these babies.  She is showing the greatest commitment to her family, allowing her husband to take the reigns as she is called to minister to a nation.  If a person is in a position to fight for our future, the bigger picture is crucial.  Sara is seizing this opportunity to do her part to assure a bright and prosperous future for her family.  It is highly sacrificial, but her children are not going to be abandoned or neglected during the next four years.  Any mother will do everything in her power to protect her family; Sara has just hit the motherlode.  Further, it is nonsensical to call a pro-life woman who knowingly births and raises a Down-Syndrome baby hypocritical for doing just that.  As yet, Alaska still has rather liberal abortion laws on the books, but Ms. Palin hasn’t been governor for a full two years.  She may still have changes she looks to make.  OR, it is evident that she believes in smaller government.  Therefore, she may not feel a need to impose her beliefs on the entire state.  No candidate is going to reverse Roe vs. Wade and it is doubtful that the candidate will be able to appoint Supreme Cout justices who will succeed.

Now, since she brought it, let’s take a look at what Lindsay has done to further the cause of feminism.  Call me crazy, but I’m pretty sure clubbing and posting poorly-spelled diatribes on a social networking site where we appear scantilly clad is what our great-grandmothers had in mind when they hoped for our futures.  If Lindsay were not fortunate enough to have a Disney-endorsed beginning, she would enjoy no success.  If the girls who strive to emulate her acheive their goals, sans Disney, they are destined to suffer lives of eating disorders, alcoholism, and desperate pleas for attention.  Lindsay needs to stick with what she’s good at.  She’s adorable and maybe a little talented.  She is not a crusader.  Best to completely avoid what one does not understand.




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