Saintly passion can heal the malaise of political correctness
|Do our young people currently believe
in anything with conviction?
We could describe our times with just two lines from the poem “The Second Coming” by W. B. Yeats: “The best lack all conviction, while the worst?/Are full of passionate intensity.” Canada and the entire West are caught in this web of political correctness, tolerance, diversity and equity thinking. We’re forced to accept without question the progressive and leftist views either through policies or laws. Compelled speech is now legal. Just recently a law was passed in Ontario that makes it illegal to stand and say in front of an abortuary that it’s wrong to intentionally kill the unborn. For this, one risks being arrested, fined and possibly be sent to jail. Logic and reason are no match for feelings.
Perhaps what we need today to counter this indoctrinating environment is the wisdom of the saints. Let me explain. A person recognized for Christian holiness is a saint. It’s someone who has lived life with heroic devotion. Saints live with such bold zeal for the faith that they fully give their lives spiritually and sometimes physically to what they believe. Those who die for that faith are known as martyrs. Is political correctness worth dying for? Can we really excite students about diversity studies? Will the freedom to join a school sex club give greater meaning to the lives of students? Will young people go to war to protect the pro-choice view?
In the end, Margaret’s unwavering fidelity to God strengthened as her faith was put to the ultimate test. Margaret had no intention of dying a martyr but only to remain true to her convictions to the end, even at the cost of her life. Margaret produced the “good deeds from a good heart” that we read about in St. Luke: “A tree from good stock doesn’t produce scrub fruit nor do trees from poor stock produce choice fruit…. A good man produces good deeds from a good heart. And an evil man produces evil deeds from his hidden wickedness.”
Is there anything that today’s youth believe so strongly and with such passion as Margaret did? What, if anything, would they give up their lives to defend? Have they traded their faith for the political and secular “religion” of the day? Margaret was only thirty when she died for her belief. We instead have young men and women at close to that age in universities completing PhDs in sexual diversity studies, feminist issues, multicultural, racial and queer topics. We have so many programs of higher learning that give students little meaning to their lives and hope for the future. It’s time to put an end to social justice studies, victimhood preaching, identity politics and diversity indoctrination of every kind. Students need to be challenged once again and instructed that they can make a positive contribution to society and live meaningful lives. A good life is worth living. Students need to be revolutionaries for reason, science and truth. Saintly passion, St. Margaret’s example, can save society and our youth from the malaise of political correctness that has afflicted the nation.