True Counter-Culture

Written by Scott

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This is a topic that’s been on my heart for a while now, but only in bits and pieces until now. And perhaps still in bits and pieces–we’ll judge that afterward.

The idea is this: what parts of our American culture are truly relevant to life? Which things really matter, and which things are completely, well, unsubstantial fluff? Examples:

1. Work: Up until about the turn of the 20th century, and despite the Industrial Revolution, people worked for themselves, not for other people or corporations. Our culture, on the other hand, prepares us for, and expects, just the opposite. This thinking, while it tends to work ok for most, makes us dependent. What have I done? Despite the current uncertainty with the economy, I cashed out my IRA, gave notice, and set out on my own.

2. Consumerism: Everywhere we turn, our attention is drawn to advertising whose purpose it is persuade us to buy things. Things that, by and large, we do not need. Especially around holidays. This one we do moderate to some extent. For Christmas, we’ve toned things down a lot, and focus it to the kids…and limit it extensively. We also focus it on the true meaning of Christmas, and because of it, the kids normally want to give to others through programs like The Giving Tree.

3. Children: Where do we start on this one? Our culture has a strange dichotomy where children are so focused on, but so devalued at the same time. Take birth, for example: no longer is it treated that a completely normal, natural thing…instead we almost always have babies at the hospital and treat it as a medical emergency. Then, once born, we separate them from ourselves in bassinets and cribs, and feed them formula rather than breastfeeding and co-sleeping.

What other examples can you come up with? Share with us!