It is time for us all
To decide who we are
Do we fight for the right
To a night at the opera now?
Have you asked of yourselves
What's the price you might pay?
Is it simply a game
For rich young boys to play?
The colors of the world
Are changing day by day...
- Enjolras, Les Miserables
I guess you could say I am one of those people who aim for a higher cause. I wish that I could cure the ailments of all society.
I know that the actions of one individual can change a lot. Look at Mother Teresa or St. Franics of Assissi, for example! I feel that I could do something amazing - maybe not as great as those two people above, of course - if only I could stir up some people to follow me. I would be willing to step down from authority and let someone lead, as long as the first goal was on track. But I have found that many people just simply don't care. They're living comfortable lives, that's enough for them. I read this poem for my English class that demonstrates this concept perfectly.
First they came for the communists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist.
Then they came for the socialists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a socialist.
Then they came for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist.
Then they came for the Jews,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew.
Then they came for the Catholics,
and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Catholic.
Then they came for me,
and there was no one left to speak for me.
- Martin Niemöller
Look at all the evils of society today. Some of these are mentioned as concerns of Pope Francis, as you saw in the article for today: poverty, euthanasia, abortion, indoctrination of children in schools...
When I read through that article before I posted it, I felt a little ray of hope for humanity. I felt as though I had met a very old friend, someone who actually believes in the same things as I do. Perhaps our new Holy Father can fix some of the things in our messed-up society.
Yes, perhaps I am a dreamer. But I want to do something. I want to help.
A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship, but it is not this day. An hour of woes and shattered shields, when the age of men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight!
I am going to become a teacher. There is not much one single teacher can do against the indoctrination of children, but I dream big.
I want to have my books published someday. I can't write a book without covering at least some evil of our times. They say that the pen is mightier than the sword, and I believe it, too.
Forth, and fear no darkness! Arise! Arise, Riders of Theoden! Spears shall be shaken, shields shall be splintered! A sword day... a red day... ere the sun rises!
Enjolras is the newest character in "my box" of fandoms. Why? He inspires me. Take the quote from the beginning of this post, for example.
"It is time for us all to decide who we are." We must decide what we stand for. If we do not know what we believe in, how are we to fight for that higher cause?
"Do we fight for the right to a night at the opera now?" What are the things that the rabble, the masses, are calmed down by? iPods, computers, all the newest gadgets. The TV tells us what to think and soothes our fears. Did not the Roman emperor Nero do the same thing - handing out free grain and making circuses to calm down the rabble? I recently read the amazing Quo Vadis for the second or third time. After Rome was burned, Nero quickly came up with a solution to stop the uprisings of people against him. The Christians were his scapegoat.
"Have you asked of yourself what's the price you might pay?" How far would you go to fight for something you believe in? Would you just hide behind your computer and pretend to be oh-so-brave by posting on a blog? Or would you be prepared to go to jail for protesting at an abortion clinic? Would you be ready to die for Christ, like the martyrs were?
"Is it simply a game for rich young boys to play?" Should we just leave the fighting for truth and justice to other people? My answer is: NO. We will never get anywhere if everyone doesn't pitch in, do a part. Rich and poor, young and old, male and female alike. I am nowhere close to being a feminist, but I think us girls and women are sick of being pushed around by a boyfriend (for example). Not that I've had a boyfriend, but you know what I mean...
"The colors of the world are changing day by day..." This is very true. What was considered wrong in the past is now considered to be right. For example, I bet your great-great-great grandparents would be shocked to see what you are wearing right at this moment. I know mine would be. There's nothing terribly wrong with girls wearing pants, but we must be modest. I read a very interesting book called Dressing with Dignity. One of the sections in this book talked about the plan of certain people to slowly undress women bit by bit in order to corrupt society - making sleeves shorter, necklines lower, etc.
What are you going to do? Are you going to just let other people fight for justice, and get flicked away like flies because there are not enough of them to change something? I know I am tired of being swatted away like a fly. I may be tired of being the only person in our school lounge trying to to fight for a higher cause, but I'm not going to give up.
I am sick of hearing of people cry out for justice and mercy, but none are given to them. In the novel Les Miserables, Jean Valjean was made a slave, working on a galley, for nineteen years. After his time was up, he was bitter and angry against all of society. It was only the kind Bishop of Digne who could save his soul.
I don't believe in revolutions because they create massive bloodshed. But one can peacefully demonstrate and be able to do a lot. Look at Gandhi, for example.
One more day before the storm
At the barricades of freedom!
When our ranks begin to form
Will you take your place with me?