I think most people reading this post know precisely what I mean by the title. And it doesn’t have anything to do with lockdowns or pandemics or even the upcoming election, even though every one of those things highlights the craziness of the world around us. But I mean to look at the world as a whole and address the larger issue of how we can make our lives better and also add to the effort to push the world toward a course correction away from the madness we see all around us.
The leftists are always fond of saying “act locally but think globally.” In a sense that is what I’m saying. But it’s more like think and act locally, think and act globally. What we will need is a multi-track approach to existence. We can’t use the same tactics with our family and friends as we use with the town government and PTA. And we can’t use the same tactics with the state government as we use for our town. And finally, we have a completely different situation on the national level. There isn’t a one size fits all strategy. Maybe surprisingly, the approach we take with family and friends is closer to the way we handle the federal government. Unless you live in a deep red state there is a lot more opportunity at the national level for the kind of openness you can have with friends and family than is possible in many of the communities, we live in.
There are national organizations that are working to make government policy changes. Look for organizations that advocate for clear cut goals. Forget anything that’s generic Republican. Look for someone who says “we are doing this.” And then see if they say how they are going to do it. And then ask them what they’ve already done to make it happen. Some examples that come to mind are Alliance Defending Freedom (ADF) and the Federalist Society. The ADF is known for defending in court individuals who are being prosecuted for laws that criminalize Christian beliefs. Florists and wedding bakers who refuse to create products for homosexual marriages are prosecuted in blue states and forced out of business. The ADF comes to their aid and is helping them to win their rights to religious freedom. The Federalist Society has been a powerful force for resisting the unconstitutional actions of judges who put social advocacy above the law. Many of the lawyers that are members of the federalist Society have gone on to careers as judges on the local and federal judiciary all the way up to the Supreme Court.
Supporting organizations that show results in the causes you believe in is an example of global action you can take. Research the problems that you want solved and find out who is making a difference and then get involved. Be critical and careful about who you support but don’t become pessimistic. Donate money, time, or whatever else you have that can help. Get to know what’s actually out there. Educate those around you about the bad and the good.
Now what about the local side? Obviously, you must get involved in the family and friends around you and do everything you can to protect them from the rot and confusion that surrounds everything in our environment. For the young give them positive role models and provide normal alternatives for the debased entertainment that the popular culture and schools foist upon our young people. Typically, you can find movies and books from the time before the progressive capture of the entertainment industries and many of these are vastly more entertaining than the propaganda currently being pumped out. Sponsor activities that allow parents that you trust to join with you to give the kids healthy activities without the loaded messaging that the sanctioned activities always include in their program. And make sure to get together with your family whenever you can. A Sunday dinner with your children and grandchildren is one of the nicest ways of spending an afternoon. A barbecue with your brothers and sisters and their families is a remarkable way to reinforce family solidarity. Cousins talking about what’s going on in their lives is a great chance to reinforce family ties and lend help and maybe launch a family business.
And for yourself get involved in activities and social organizations that will allow you to find like-minded men whom you can befriend. Build up a circle of friends who will make your leisure time enjoyable. Also contacts of this type allow you to build a circle of acquaintances that may have a range of skills and occupations that you can draw on for your own needs. After all, many of the tradesmen and business owners are on our side of the fence. Why not throw your business to people that you like and agree with politically and culturally?
And finally, if you have the time and the inclination get involved in local politics. This is the most difficult aspect of activism especially if you live in a deep blue state. Basically, you will be in the belly of the beast and surrounded on every side by the enemy. Everything you say and do will be scrutinized by progressives and measured against progressive dictates. It would be like the scenes in that old movie “Invasion of the Body Snatchers” where normal humans try to pass themselves off as pod people. Eventually some glimmer of emotion or humanity will expose them as “not of the body,” not part of the collective mind. Working under such conditions would be painful and stressful but also has the potential of getting very important things done.
It’s important to make sure that while we’re all fighting the good fight, we also take care of ourselves and those we love. What good is winning the culture war if we lose our happiness? Enjoy your life and your family and friends. Have fun and do good for those you love. Think about what is important to you and make sure you take care of the important things. Go outside and look at the amazing world that exists even in the hellish climate of New England. Say a little prayer of thanks for the good things you have in your life and be grateful for your health and the health of those you love. Use your time wisely and don’t let pessimism and depression get a hold of your mind. Live!
I’ve listed a couple of organizations that I think are doing good work and making a difference to advance our interests, the Alliance Defending Freedom and the Federalist Society. If you know of other organizations doing good work then please list them in the comments section along with an explanation of what their mission are. All of us need to share information whenever we can.