I just finished reading this book and found a profound truth in it. Steinbeck shows that the most visible kind of strength, the strength used to oppress others, is born out of weakness. I recommend this book, it's harsh, has beautiful descriptions, and is full of truth and rich symbolism. If you have time this summer pick it up and read it. It's really short, you can read it in under a day.
"A man who stops believing in God doesn't believe nothing; he believes anything." -G.K. Chesterton
It's so incredibly frustrating to me how liberal the media is. They profess to show two sides of a story when they only show and embellish the side they want. Which is usually the side that paints liberalism as the good side, the forward thinking side. If you were to put a split screen and place on one side a liberal talking about the wonderful facets of abortion and on the other side a conservative talking about how wrong abortion is, the conservative will usually end up looking like a narrow minded jerk and the liberal will look like this kind-hearted, accepting, saint. How the media spins it that way is beyond me.
It's just sad how 'intellectuals' view religion as a sort of prison of the mind. The ideologies and concepts of religion seem like chains that trap people who when imprisoned long enough turn into robots. When nothing could be further from the truth. It's when people don't realize their need to serve, their need to belong to something greater than themselves, their desire to be loved unconditionally; it is then that people are imprisoned. They hide behind their books and scholarly papers, behind their rallies of acceptance and so called liberation, they brag about their forward thinking. But it is only when we acknowledge our need that we achieve real freedom, the type of liberation that makes you want to change the world.
I am sick of seeing how people are being spoon fed poison and are made to believe that if you don't allow this and if you resist that then you are somehow backward thinking and will eventually be inept mentally and socially. I think people show their intelligence when they pick and choose what they will or will not allow in the recesses of their mind, whether it be the books they read the programs they watch, the people they vote for and so forth.
I think Matthew Arnold wrote what is happening to the world in an achingly sad and beautiful way in his poem Dover Beach...
"The Sea of Faith
Was once, too, at the full, and round earth's shore
Lay like the folds of a bright girdle furled.
But now I only hear
Its melancholy, long, withdrawing roar,
Retreating, to the breath
Of the night-wind, down the vast edges drear
And naked shingles of the world..."
Many people reject faith because you can't prove it with an equation. But thank God we can't because wouldn't we be a lot more like robots if we could prove everything with an equation? And I for one am a free thinker with a will of my own and a knowledge of who I willingly serve and nothing could be more liberating.
I felt the hole. It was deep and stretched miles. I felt the distance that yawned, I saw it and knew I could never make it. The thing is all of this could have been prevented. I didn't have to stand on one side of a canyon looking longingly at the other side. I dug this crater myself. I dug it with my laziness, my excuses, my wayward wants, my ignorance, my addictions and with my lack of communication. I formed it and strengthened it with my bare hands. Now I couldn't destroy what I had so carefully built. Little did I know that what I had created would turn into Frankenstein. Only one other pair of hands could bring this monster down. The question is would I throw away my laziness, give up my excuses, hand over my wayward wants, acknowledge my ignorance, face my addictions and pick up a phone? Time will tell.