Look around and what do we see. Kids are being taught a story line where free and open debate is criticized and even today there is a push for changes to our national political structure that would create a pure democracy if they are successful. And we build massive developments that are largely cookie cutter in design that lack character and, frankly, I wonder how one might find their house if the lights went out. And then yesterday, with the Facebook failure, many of us sudden realized how much time we spend on that medium where face-to-face friendships have so often been replace by "talking" with others through an electronic box. And where will the outcome of all of this take us in the future?
Well, with a free and open exchange of ideas which is what real debate does, we would both learn from others and develop our thinking skills as well. And if we revert to a pure democracy by replacing our constitutional democratic republican form of government, we would find that mobocracy or tyranny of the majority takes hold. The form of government we have was developed as it was since our founders knew what a leader could do with a majority. They tyranny of kings that they came from clearly showed them why the rights of individuals, right created not by man but by God, had to be maintained. The rights of the minority always must be properly taken into account if we want to be free. As for housing, well, automation is one of the reasons and the the high costs of today are compelling, but still, wouldn't it be nice if there was another way? And automation of the social scene, well, that is just something that we have to guard against individually for it is easy to become an addiction. Remember those days of the family having dinner as a unit and talked, rather than ate while playing with an electronic device? I truly think that we were better off as it was the one time daily when the entire clan was together.
Now I understand that there are plenty of good things in our modern society that make things better, but my point is to say that we must never let our individualism, our "gut" reaction to things to slip away. We are each a lot smarter than we think when we practice making our mind really work, not just accept things proposed. And remember, God is always there to help us be the best we can be according to His eternal plan, not the whims of society. So, just take all of the modernity and conformity around us with a grain of salt. After all, we were given a brain to use and not lose and with the grace of God it might be amazing what we might come up with. I guess, in the end, that's what I'm driving at. Read the quote from Emerson, but don't forget to add the inclusion of Our Creator in the equation, and we can maintain our individualism, using self-reliance, to come up with the right answer instead of accepting blindly an approach someone else is pushing. We all have the strength and the power to do so if we only search within ourselves and especially our heart.
Remember, we don't have to be a blind conformist to be a good citizen. Quite the contrary, a good citizen uses his or her own mind to make the decisions that impact all of us. Have a blessed day.