The story this week is ridiculous standards. We’ve heard for the last few weeks about the catastrophic damage the Looney Tunes and Peter Pan have on children.
But, simulating sex acts in thongs on national TV is perfectly fine. At least that’s the argument.
What can we learn from these different standards?
I think it’s safe to say our values as a culture are all out of sorts. We should condemn softcore porn on national TV. And, while we may have to explain why some racial references our kids are exposed to aren’t ok, we shouldn’t shield them from the past.
Every dystopian novel (that I can think of) includes forgetting or rewriting the past. 1984 discusses the “eternal present” and The Giver shows how you can erase everyone’s memories and they’ll think they’re happy.
However, that’s not the case. We should know our past and deal with it. And we should not celebrate porn on ABC. Those should be our standards, but we’ve forgotten that.
The articles, podcasts, and social this week will show you some of the backwards standards we’ve seen crop up in our culture.
While we say that whites, Jews, and Asians are “privileged,” hate crimes against Asians are on the rise. We’ve seen this with Jews for a while where hate crimes against them are swept under the rug when committed by minorities, and this report shows Asians are being targeted in Canada. If this were Muslims, women, or an aggrieved minority, it would be everywhere. But, in our backwards society, you can hate successful groups. Find out more>
Real Estate is booming.
Like many other asset classes, the real estate market is on fire. There’s a headline that caught my attention because it was telling how “this bubble is different.” I think we’ll see more of this as the effects of pumping trillions of dollars into our economy come to fruition. Like every bubble, it will eventually burst, but I don’t see that happening yet. Read more>
In response to the porn problem I mentioned earlier, I wanted to recommend Fight The New Drug’s Podcast. They had Eddie Capparucci, a counselor and sex addiction specialist on to talk about the emotional triggers for porn use. Listen to the podcast here>
Struggle with porn? Want to protect your family from porn? Check out Covenant Eyes.
Botched Covid Response
Dave Rubin hosted a great roundtable about the COVID response. And, he had real medical experts on to explain how we’ve gone wrong (and where we’ve gone right). He had Gina Florino, Max Lugavere, and Dr. Jay Bhattacharya. Listen to the podcast here>
Is the Pope Catholic?
In response to the uproar about the Pope teaching Catholic doctrine, Trent Horn explained on his podcast why the Pope did this. It was great to hear what prompted this statement that seemed out of the blue, and to learn more about some clerics attempts to change this teaching. Listen to the podcast here>
What are you reading?
The question that launched a thousand tweets (or so it seems). The Vital Masculinity Twitter asked this and sparked a great web of tweets about what people are reading. Dive in to get some good recommendations and put in your two cents. Check it out>
St. Patrick’s Day
Don’t know much about Saint Patrick? I had a thread about him and what he did for Ireland for anyone who wants to learn more. Check out the thread>
And, If you want to see the discussion about the bad standards we have as a culture, I have a thread that prompted this idea. Comparing and contrasting the images next to each other was somewhat startling, but I think it had to be done. Check out the thread>
What Would John Locke Say?
I sat down with Brooke Medina from the John Locke Foundation to discuss what Locke might have to say about our culture. We discussed the problems confronting our property rights, privacy, the issues with big tech, and more. Listen or watch here>
Why be Christian?
And, I reviewed Orthodoxy, the wonderful work by G.K. Chesterton. In this book, he shows how he came to Christianity in a way I’ve never heard it described. So, if you want a clever, fun discussion on an intellectual journey, check it out. Listen or watch here>