The Tally Stick

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Let’s Not Talk About the Weather…

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Growing up we were taught to never talk about politics nor religion. They were naughty topics that always seemed to create heated disagreements and tough conversations that usually ended badly, with someones feelings being hurt. I didn’t think anything of it at the time since religion nor politics played a big role in my life as a child, or so in my innocence I thought.

I didn’t come to the realization of how important these topics really were until I met the love of my life, who happens to have political aspirations. He turned my intellectual thought process upside down by testing my stances on issues through deep, meaningful conversations. Each conversation left me with a series of questions that I urgently wanted to answer. I felt an overwhelming sense of frustration and guilt for not thinking about the issues beforehand. I was overwhelmed with how much I did not know or understand on issues that directly effected me.

The rising movement of black-and-white sides to topics urged me to dig deeper into understanding what politics even involved. I felt like I had to choose a side on every topic being discussed in the media since there always seems to be so much division. Republican vs Democrat, Collective vs Individual, Abortion vs Pro Life, Religion, Feminist Movement, Gun rights, Healthcare, Public vs Private Education. All of these topics, and more, that I have never put much thought into hit me like a brick wall since I knew these important conversations in the media were creating societal norms for the generations to come and each of our opinions really did matter, especially since I am a parent and a voting citizen.

Parents are their children’s role models, this is the most important role as a human, and how we raise our children matter. We are creating what our children are going to consider being their sense of normalcy, whether our influence on them being positive or negative, it is a fact. We, as a society, need to be educated in the issues that matter the most so that we can pass down morals and behaviors that act in accordance to the values we want to instill into our children. There is an attack on culture in our world today and we need to raise strong individuals to combat the harmful pressures they will encounter.

Which leads me to religion. I wasn’t raised in a religious upbringing and it is easy for me to blame this for the few bad decisions I made in my life, at an early age, that I probably wouldn’t have made if I felt that I had a purpose. Whether you are religious or not, it is hard to deny that religion is directly related to morals and submitting to a higher authority than ourselves. Both of which are essential characteristics to teach our children in order to help them navigate through life.

Over the years I am finding that the two issues that we need to pay the most attention to in society today are politics and religion since these two topics work hand-in-hand by determining the outcome of the societal state we will leave to be inherited by the generations to come. So instead of talking about the weather, Lets talk about how we can change the world that is crumbling into a state of mass confusion. Now is the time for a more conservative cultural shift in thought and behavior before it gets any worse. If you are not a fan of religion, then do it for the next generations sake.

Written by Tathiana Wolfe

January 9th, 2019 at 9:09 pm

Posted in Commentary

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