with deep thoughts.
I’ll have you know that is an uncommon occurrence. I try to avoid philosophising whenever possible.
I was reading this news story and am shocked. And somehow, not really shocked. Saddened. And most of all, disheartened. It just doesn’t seem right that suing, and living a bitter life, is preferable to adoption.
I was watching Dateline (I think?) last night and heard about this guy. He’s creepy anyway, but in light of what I’ve been studying in Revelation… boy, does he freak me out!
Then I was asked these questions by an author friend.
1. How do you think our approach to faith is different than other generations?
2. May Gen Xers feel closer to an email friend across the world than their next door neighbor. What are the benefits of this? The disadvantages?
3. Gen Xers often live 1,000s of miles from family members. How does this affect how we connect?
4. Gen Xers oftentimes build their own “families” of friends, those they mentor, those they respect. Do you do this? Why?
5. Gen Xers are great at connecting with many people, but do you think our intimacy with a few suffers for it?
6. What are some of the struggles Gen Xers have in connecting with God?
And one of the books I’ve been reading is just blowing my mind. I had no idea what was going on in more liberal parts of the country, and it is a rude awakening. The author is just my age, and while in part, her experiences and those of her friends, mirror my own, they also have had more heart-wrenching ones, due largely to their locale. Not to mention, that as a staunch conservative myself, I don’t find myself reading much feminism literature. So I had never heard anyone take the position that housewives are parasites or that housewifery and prostitution are essentially the same thing*! Essentially, the author is calling for a return to modest, chastity, and fidelity, calling for a new sexual revolution. She contends that many of struggles of our generation’s women, from anorexia to date rape, stem from a loss of these virtues. The author is not a Christian, but is really putting into coherent words many of the things I’ve always thought, and never knew how to say.
And somehow, not being a practiced deep thinker it’s hard to put my finger exactly on it, all of these topics are interrelated. Mostly, I think the trouble is: we’ve lost touch with our Creator. He is the One we’ve left out of these equations–who is affected by abortion-or a failed one, what is Gospel truth, who He is, who Jesus is, how one should approach faith, family and friends, even feminism–His Word speaks on all of it. Every bit.
So pretty much, my brain is fried.
*Simone de Bouvier in The Second Sex: “What is extremely demoralizing for the woman who aims at self-sufficiency is the existence of other women who…live as parasites.”
Ann Ferguson in The Blood at the Root: “Since housewifery and prostitution have the same structure, it is hypocritical to outlaw one and not the other.”