In Search Of Truth

Some people claim that they’re in search of truth.  Others don’t even bother to make the claim.  All too often, the impetus and the result are the same.  Most folks don’t want the truth.  As Jack Nicholson said, “You can’t handle the truth.”  What they really want, is for their opinions to be validated and for others to agree with them and make them feel good.  Even when the truth is presented to them, they keep denying it and pushing it away, because, that’s not what they want to see.

At my daughter’s housing complex, they’ve had some incidents occur which led the board to decide to install electronic security cameras, around the office area.  One of the cameras was to be trained on the children’s playground, right beside the office.  Most reasonable people would agree that, protection of the kids would be a good idea.  A secondary reason for that camera was that, one of the male teens from the complex, and two or three of his non-resident friends are thought to be climbing over the playground fence, and dropping out of sight into the tiny yard behind the office.  They’re probably smoking dope, and the camera can’t see them, but would provide evidence if a fire started, or damage was done.

A female living across the driveway high-jacked a board meeting last week.  She found out that the cameras were going up and started ranting about spying on the children and looking in her windows.  She went around to many of the residents and told them that they must attend the important meeting.  She just didn’t tell them what it was all about.  When most of them found out what the issue was, they shrugged and left.  One woman, who she thought would support her, stated that she felt the security was a good idea, especially for the kids.  That led to a loud, nasty confrontation.  Even when she was told that the cameras would only be turned on from 6 P.M. to 6 A.M. and was offered to view the feed from the “offending” camera, she refused the offer, and continued her rant.  Purely coincidentally, the next day, the camera was damaged, when it wasn’t turned on.

In a minor grandstanding play, to seem as if he’s doing something when he’s really not, the Premier of Ontario instructed the Minister of Education, to order the individual boards of education, to facilitate the formation of gay/straight alliance groups in all high-schools.  The bullying of gays is a serious subject, but it is not the only aspect of school bullying, nor, perhaps, is it the most important facet of the problem.  It is, however, the one the Premier wants to champion.

The public school boards quietly, efficiently, obediently went along with the directive.  They know which way the wind is blowing, and when the photo-ops arrive, they want to be seen to be on the side of goodness and right.  The Catholic school boards, however, have been more of a problem.  Some of them are reluctantly willing to have the groups formed.  It’s just that they can’t have a name which includes the word gay.  They can have a mix of straights and gays.  They just can’t say they have gays in them.

The local Catholic board has still not got around to authorizing formation, largely due to one particular male board member.  He was interviewed by a reporter for the local paper to give his reasons for the foot-dragging.  His response was, that if these groups were allowed to form, they would just devolve into giant gay sex orgies.  That’s right, groups that would prevent bullying by ignorant, prejudiced individuals, are prevented from forming by an ignorant, prejudiced individual in a position of power.  It seems that someone might have pointed out his baseless, paranoid position, because the next sentence in his quote was, “Even if they don’t, there’ll be talk about perverted stuff, like anal and oral sex, and I don’t want my kids hearing about that kind of thing.”  Fine, then tell your kids not to join the groups that others wish to form.

The Catholic Church vs. Girl Scouts.  Over the past several years, there has been friction between the Church and tween girls.  The Church has, on several occasions, claimed that the organization supports birth control and abortion.  These charges have been vigorously denied.  Despite being shown that these charges are false, in several dioceses and instances, representatives of the Catholic Church continue to fling the same old mud.  Recently a Bishop in Indiana has called for denunciation of the group under the same baseless charges.  The attacks themselves are difficult enough to fend off and maintain dignity.  The membership of Girl Scouts has declined from 3.3 million, to 2.6 million young girls in America.

Many Girl Scout troops are currently using rooms in Catholic churches for meeting halls.  If The Church divorces them, (Oops!  Can’t say divorce and Catholic Church in the same sentence!) they will have to try to find alternative meeting places.  Also, a million of the girls left in troops are Catholic.  They will be forced to decide whether to leave their religion, or their uplifting group of friends.  I know which one I would choose, but then, I’m an old and greatly experienced curmudgeon.

It is sad that people like these, choose to practice and enforce their mindless dogma, rather than deal with imperfect, undesirable facts.  There’s an adage that, “If your cat has kittens in the barn, you can call them horses.  Just don’t try to ride them.”  These folks already have out the boots, spurs, Stetsons and lassoes, but it’s us they’re riding.  It’s time for us to tell them to get off our backs.

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12 thoughts on “In Search Of Truth

  1. IzaakMak says:

    Brilliantly said my friend.

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  2. IzaakMak says:

    Reblogged this on I Want Ice Water and commented:
    Some brilliant thoughts from a “an old and greatly experienced curmudgeon.”

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  3. frigginloon says:

    These type of people infuriate me especially when they get onto a board or into politics 🙄

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  4. Sometimes it takes a grumpy old dude to say what a lot of us feel but can’t express in acceptable language. Well done.

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  5. Jim Wheeler says:

    These interesting developments are, I suggest, symptomatic of what evolutionary biologist Edward O. Wilson describes as the co-evolution of culture. Quickly by evolutionary measures, human culture is growing away from certain rigid religious precepts. People are being presented with evidence, principally via television but also by more gays “coming out”, that homosexuality is a biological reality and not merely a category of sin. The Catholic Church is of course in denial of this, as are Protestant fundamentalists.

    Organizations like the Girl Scouts are encountering an age-old problem. They strive to stand for something but in the process are forced to homogenize and de-stigmatize their precepts. Education, it seems to me, has the same problem. When you take a subject like history, for example, and remove the juicy controversial parts, you are left with the bland gruel of mostly places, names and dates that we have – at least down here in the states. Are Canadian schools like that too?

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    • Archon's Den says:

      Even the grandson has his first job. It’s been a long while since I’ve had much exposure to the Canadian school system but, from what I hear, we aren’t doing much better than the U.S.A. If blogs are representative, English usage is stuffed into the proverbial handbasket.

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  6. PiedType says:

    I used to think as time passed and I got older, more and more people would “wise up” and problems like this in our society would fade. Boy, was I wrong. People seem to be getting worse. Maybe they are circling the wagons and adopting a defensive position in the face of growing evidence that they are wrong (after all, no one likes admitting they’re wrong). Whatever the reason, it’s very discouraging.

    Or, I suppose I could be the one who’s wrong …. nah!

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  7. At this point of my life I am the point in my life (past 60) that I am glad I will not be around for too far into the future.

    When I was in Grade 8, our teacher during a history lesson assured us that the World Wars & Korean had taught us the evils of war, and never again would we lose our young men in such a dreadful way………

    WRONG….most of mankind cannot learn anything for the greater good. There is always money & self promotion evolved. With only a few words or money thrown in to fix the problem. Only the people that run the studies are the ones that benefit.

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