An interesting question came up today that i have not been able to get out of my mind. many of us when defending our country in an argument at some point state that our country was founded on “christian” values. the question that was brought to my attention is what are these values?
a dictionary definition of values is “a person’s principles or standards of behavior; one’s judgment of what is important in life”, but how do you define an entire religions values, let alone one as diverse as Christianity? i grew up in a Catholic setting and was baptized, took communion, and was confirmed in the catholic church but i dont think i could really name off all of the values that the church upholds. there are those who will name of things such as life, liberty, freedom, treat others as you would want to be treated, blah blah blah the list goes on, but do they really emulate the values our country was founded on? because back in the day all the above values only applied to white males with a reasonable amount of money. when our country was founded we still had slavery, women could not vote, and a majority of the economy was based off of human trafficking. how are any of those christian values?
if you want to get technical and dive into the psychology of it you could say that the reason we say the country was founded on christian values is that the majority of the founding fathers and congressmen were some form of christian and because of this their values were aligned with that of God, or at least they were in line with those beliefs of the time. this might be true but it brings up a more important situation in my opinion. how does this affect our country now?
our economy has proved itself greedy and expensive. our supreme court was funded by Toyota for 4 years previous to the brake failure in the prius. a major company received a bailout package and then proceeded to give its executives huge bonuses. we have the first legit legislation to fix the health care system in 40 years that will provide life insurance to thousands of Americans and the congress is fretting over it because it is going to need an initial investment to help it get going (btw all the people deciding whether or not this passes all have really good health care). we went to war with a country that we believed we had WMDs and then when we didnt find any we tried to cover it up. dont get me wrong, those men and women over there are 100 times braver than i will ever be and i have the utmost respect for them and what they do for me. it is the government that fucked up and got us stuck in the freakin thing.
there are a million things wrong with our country, yet we neglect to acknowledge them and try and fix them. we are so worried about what we lose rather than how much more we gain in the process. we need to make some sacrifices to make progress in the end. patience will be the key as we change. the age of instant gratification is over. the question of our country’s “christian” values still remains with some slight variations. we must ask our selves if we truly want a religion to represent our values, or do we want them to be common values of all religions and beliefs and non-beliefs that represent the basic human rights we all want.
we need to stop worrying about what our founding values were, and start figuring out what our future values need to be.
what do you say at the beginning of a post on the internet to a bunch of random people who you probably will never meet? I guess hello will work but it sounds so emotionless and impersonal. so to all of you i will say SUP BROTHAS AND SISTAZ! I FUCKING LOVE YOU!
now that we have exchanged greetings (im assuming you either gave me a scared look and a nervous wave or replyed by jumping on me and giving me the biggest hug in the world while screaming DUDE I FUCKIN LOVE YOU TOOOOOOO!), let me introduce myself and who i am.
My name is Kieran (K-ear-in) Bronson-Doherty (door-tea). my name is more often mispronounced than not and it doesn’t bother me to much. I grew up in Federal Way, about 20 min from Seattle and I am damn proud of my region. if i had the money i would tattoo the Seattle skyline on my back just so people would ask me about it.
i grew up in a great family of 5 with my mother, father, and two other brothers. i am the oldest of the three which means i am the test subject for my brothers and i have to set an example. i dont mind it and to be honest i like blazing my own path. i love my family and all thought i want to do bodily harm the them sometimes i would still risk my life for them.
my acquaintances are numerous but my true friends are few and special. i accept how people are and let them be. i may not agree with you and i will state my opinion but for the most part its your life and you have every right to live it how you will. there are people who would discredit this statement and say im a manipulative person who takes advantage of those around me, but they dont know me. they see what they want to see and hear what they want to hear. they do not know me or why i do the things i do and never will.
some people want to start shit with me and quite frankly its not worth my time. i have better things to do than fight with you or tear you down. i dont like burning bridges and i believe it is smarter to make friends before enemy’s. i have had my fair share of screw ups in life, some of them unimaginably huge. however i do not view them as failures, simply learning how not to do something.
im an optimist. my life will turn out how i want because i will make it happen. if something goes wrong you just have to change your plan a little bit and adapt. if you want something you have to go get it and work for it. wasting time down in the dumps because you dont think you can do it or being sucked into the vortex of self pity is just counter productive and if i am an efficiency freak. granted i am very lazy and move at my own pace, but i do what i can to get shit done. life is simple, not easy.
im just living life how i want and for myself. it sounds selfish but the truth is that if your not happy how can you expect to make others happy. fix yourself before you fix others and life will be a million times better. keep your chin up and dont let anyone tell you that you “cant”. anything is possible if you want it bad enough and work hard enough. rock on and be happy