What is Marriage?
In its most fundamental terms, marriage is an oath before God establishing a union between a man and a woman giving rise to the creation of a new family. A different way of putting it, to paraphrase Dr. Jordan Peterson, marriage is: “I’m not leaving! No matter what. So even when you begin to manifest your flaws- I’m not leaving. When we begin to fight we have to solve our problems or (else) plan to live in 40 years of combat because this is a union and I’m not leaving you.” Marriage has served for centuries as the bedrock of society having for its most obvious benefit the creation of a stable, loving environment for the rearing of children. But beyond this, couples who work together to solve problems, build wealth, achieve life goals, share in responsibilities and create lifelong narratives enjoy more fulfilling lives. Yet despite clear societal advantages, ideological movements such as feminism, progressivism and postmodernism have contributed to a major attitudinal change toward the institution of marriage leaving in question its future cultural standing in American society. Many twenty-first century Americans may easily envision a future without officiated unions in order to pursue pleasure, convenience and liberation from traditional mores but such decisions should be made with caution and prudence. The institution of marriage brings forth some of the most intricate, marvelous and crucial elements of human civilization. Intricate: successful marriage is a display of intricate, behavioral adaptions between two unique people who willingly prioritize the marital union above personal desire. Marvelous: parental love, sacrifice and devotion is one of the most astonishing marvels in the array of human behaviors. Crucial: the institution of marriage provides the crucial framework on which successful civilizations rest serving to transmit the most decent aspects of civility to future generations. These are among the blessings on humanity that suffer with the marginalization of marriage.
When Did Attitudes Change?
Until the 1960s mainstream America embraced the idea of marriage as the beginning of adult life. American women combed communities searching for attractive men who possessed potential as providers, fathers and husbands while men searched for morally dignified, capable women to run affairs of the household and direct local community functions while also partnering with them as good wives and mothers. This socially accepted format structurally accounted for the natural differences between men and women setting up marriage for the best possible success. Entering into marriage was considered a positive first step toward the natural transition into adulthood requiring maturation in conduct, ever-developing communication skills and production of results. In marriage, one must not only rise to maturity in oneself but must learn to sacrifice for the other party in the union. Subsequently comes the lifelong commitment to parenting of offspring; one of, if not the most daunting, enduring tasks taken on by human beings. While the journey of life brings trials and suffering, strategizing to navigate these challenges with an intimate, life-long partner is among the …
Conservatives are quirky creatures. For the most part they are rules-based, like structure, strive for order and generally concern themselves with the character of those with whom they affiliate. Sometimes this quality renders it difficult for conservatives to stand together much less with others (this fissure is obvious in the lack of cohesion in the Republican Party for example). In the same vein, this quality also causes some conservatives to proclaim, while they might support the general thesis of “Black Lives Matter,” they cannot stand with the movement because they disagree in principle with the mission of the official Black Lives Matter organization. Conservatives are often Christians and maintain the upmost reverence for the U.S. Constitution. Christianity calls them to embrace all people as their brothers and sisters in the human race and the U.S. Constitution grants equality under the law, a protection that should be afforded every American. Presumably, average citizens protesting in the movement are fighting for these same ideals so what about the Black Lives Matter Foundation would cause conservatives to pause/apprehension?
According to its own website, The Black Lives Matter Foundation Inc. is a global organization founded in 2013 with a mission “to eradicate white supremacy and build local power to intervene in violence inflicted on Black communities by the state and vigilantes.” The Founders are three African-American women, Patrisse Khan-Cullors, Alicia Garza and Opal Tometi, who, in the words of Ms. Cullors, are marxists. In a recent interview, when asked about ideological leanings, Ms. Cullors affirms the organization does adhere to an ideology. She states:
“We do have an ideological frame…myself and Alicia in particular, we are trained organizers…we are trained marxists…we are super-versed in on ideological training…”
Communism: A Quick Review
Before considering the vision of the Black Lives Matter Foundation, a comparative review of communist, or marxist, theory could be instrumental. Communism, or Marxism (a term attributing reference to co-founder of the political theory, Karl Marx), is an ideological revolutionary vision to equalize society by replacing a ruling class (Bourgeoisie) with the working class (Proletariat) through revolution. From the Communist Manifesto:
“The immediate aim of the Communists is the same as that of all the other parties: formation of the proletariat into a class, overthrow of the bourgeois supremacy, conquest of political power by the proletariat” (Chap.II, p.35)
The process by which the working class would seize political power is to overthrow the nation.
“Since the proletariat must first of all acquire political supremacy, must rise to be the leading class of the nation, (and) must constitute itself the nation.” (Chap.II, p.40)
According to Communists, workers all over the world are exploited and should rise up on a global scale to overturn political systems particularly those systems which embrace a capitalistic economic model.
“In proportion, as the exploitation of one individual by another is put to an end, the exploitation of one nation by another will also be put an end to.” (Chap. II, p.41)
According to the Manifesto, regarding religion, …
Hope shines brightest when the hour is darkest
Hope motivates when discouragement comes
Hope energizes when the body is tired
Hope sweetens while bitterness bites
Hope sings when all melodies are gone
Hope believes when evidence is eliminated
Hope listens for answers when no one is talking
Hope climbs over obstacles when no one is helping
Hope endures hardship when no one is caring
Hope smiles confidently when no one is laughing
Hope reaches for answers when no one is asking
Hope presses toward victory when no one is encouraging
Hope dares to give when no one is sharing
Hope brings the victory when no one is winning
~John Maxwell, Think on These Things…
Are we a people who have grown ever closer to manifesting the ideals of freedom, opportunity and equality between all …
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